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Merry Cutouts

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  All purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs) (2 Sticks)
  Sugar 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Vanilla 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon extract 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Food colorings 8 Drop (Yellow, Green, And Red)
  Almond extract 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Peppermint extract 6 Drop
  Orange extract 1⁄4 Teaspoon

1. Measure flour, baking powder and salt into sifter.
2. Beat butter or margarine with sugar until fluffy in large bowl with an electric mixsr at high speed; beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Sift in flour mixture, a third at a time, blending well to make a stiff dough. Divide into quarters and place in separate bowls.
4. Stir lemon extract and a few drops yellow food coloring into dough in one bowl; stir almond extract and a few drops green food coloring into second bowl; stir peppermint extract and a few drops red food coloring into third bowl; stir orange extract into fourth bowl.
5. Wrap each dough in wax paper or plastic wrap; chill several hours, or until firm enough to roll. (Overnight is best.)
6. Roll out half each of the yellow and green doughs, 1/4-inch thick, on a lightly floured pastry cloth or board; cut out each with a 2 1/2 -inch round or fluted cutter, then cut a fancy shape from center of each with a 1-inch truffle cutter.
7. Place large cookies, 1 inch apart, on cookie sheets. Fit small yellow cutouts in centers of green cookies and small green cutouts in centers of yellow cookies. Repeat with remaining doughs.
8. Bake in moderate oven (350°) 10 minutes, or until firm. Remove from cookie sheets with spatula; cool on wire racks. Store in metal tin.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4550 Calories from Fat 1733

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 197 g303.4%

Saturated Fat 119.5 g597.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 906.8 mg302.3%

Sodium 1545.5 mg64.4%

Total Carbohydrates 639 g213%

Dietary Fiber 11.8 g47.3%

Sugars 304 g

Protein 60 g119.6%

Vitamin A 122.2% Vitamin C

Calcium 54.5% Iron 127.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Merry Cutouts Recipe