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Holiday Ribbons

For multicolored ribbons, divide the dough into two or three portions. Tint each portion the color of your choice. Then pack the portions of dough into the press, side by side.

Yield

5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon or orange extract or 1/4 teaspoon almond or mint extract
food coloring (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and flavored extract(s). Beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until combined. If desired, tint dough with food coloring. Do not chill dough. Pack dough into a cookie press, side by side. Using the ribbon plate, press out cookies 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm but not brown. Cool 2 minutes on cooling grid. Remove cookies from cookie sheet and continue to cool on grid.

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