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Cookie Magic: Five-in-One Dough

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Thread ribbons through the holes; hang on your Christmas tree -- they'll last as long as your tree does.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Baking Time: About 10 Minutes
Yield: 12 Cookies

1/3 batch Basic Cookie Dough
Nonstick cooking spray
Flour for dusting work surface
1/3 batch Vanilla Icing
10 drops red, green, or blue food coloring
Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles, chocolate chips, Red Hots, or similar candies

1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (or freezer) and knead it 4 or 5 times on work surface to soften. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Lightly sprinkle work surface with flour.
2. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies with a 3-inch cookie cutter. Use skewer to make a ¼-inch hole near top. Reroll scraps; cut out more cookies.
3. Place cookies on baking sheet 1 inch apart; bake 10 minutes or until bottoms start to brown and tops are firm. Remove to a wire rack. Let cool about 15 minutes.
4. Tint icing with food coloring (10 drops will lend a rich color); frost cookies. Top with sprinkles, chips, or candies, and let icing dry. Hang on tree or store in an airtight container with waxed paper between the layers.

How Kids Can Help:
Sprinkle flour on work surface
Roll, cut out cookies
Decorate cookies