Santa Sugar Cookies

Made by Sue Aldred at the Rosa M. Harvey Middleton and Area Library.

1 1/2 cups butter, softened                  
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2  salt

Red sprinkles  for Santa’s hat
M & M’s or skittles for eyes and nose
Red jimmies for mouth

Cream the first four ingredients until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.

Divide dough in half, wrap in saran and refrigerate until firm enough to roll – 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a 3.5 inch
heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8 – 10 minutes. Do not overbake.

Cool on wire racks. Decorate. Enjoy! (Makes 5 dozen)

From: Taste of Home Holiday Cookies & Candies magazine. (Winter 2018)