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       Title: Traditional Decorated Christmas Cookies
  Categories: Cookies, Desserts
       Yield: 48 servings
  
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     3/4 c  Butter, unsalted; softened
     1/2 c  Sugar
       1    Egg
       1 tb Lemon peel; finely grated
       1 ts Vanilla
     1/4 ts Salt
   2 1/4 c  Flour, all purpose; unsifted
       1 tb Water; (use 2 if req'd)
 
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       3    Egg whites
       1 lb Sugar, powdered
       2 ts Water; (use 3 if req'd)
            Food colors, sprinkles, etc
  
   Beat together butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until
   light and fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and salt.
   Gradually beat in flour until thoroughly incorporated. Add water, a
   few drops at a time, only until dough starts to come away from side
   of bowl. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 2
   hours.
   
   Preheat oven to 350øF. Lightly grease 4 cookie sheets. On lightly
   floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 thickness. Cut out various
   shapes using cookie cutters or homemade cardboard patterns, or
   freehand. Reroll scraps and cut out. Make small holes with wooden
   pick if planning to hang cookies. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until
   beginning to brown around edges. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool
   before decorating.
   
   Prepare icing: Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until
   foamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat until
   thick and creamy. Add just enough water to get a good spreading
   consistency. Tint with food coloring, if you wish. Spread evenly over
   cookies. Decorate with glitter, sprinkles, dragees and cinnamon red
   hots, if desired.
  
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