Christmas Cookies

Here are some cookies to hang on the tree, so festive and beautiful that they ought to be looked at a long time before they’re gobbled up. The basic recipe is simple and standard, but the canes and three-dimensional stars that are the result will amaze the children and establish your reputation as a Christmas cook.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
¾ cup shortening
1½ cups sugar
2 eggs

Sift flour, measure; add baking powder and salt; sift again. Cream shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well each time; stir in vanilla and milk. Add dry ingredients and mix until well blended; wrap dough in waxed paper and chill about 2 hours. On lightly floured board roll dough â…› inch thick; cut out in your choice of shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet in moderate oven (375° ) for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool thoroughly on rack.



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