Christmas cookies are always a favorite with Southern Living readers, so it is little wonder that this recipe for Basic Butter Cookie dough became a holiday favorite. Ellender Mills of Raleigh, North Carolina, sent in this recipe, which ran in December, 1995, and described how she divided the dough into quarters, adding different flavorings, frostings, and garnishes to each quarter to create a wonderful assortment of Christmas cookies. You can make four varieties of cookies from one recipe, and we give you the recipes for Easy Santa Cookies, Pinwheels, Cherry Chocolates, or Almond Brickle Treats. Make one batch of Basic Butter Cookie Dough and divide it into fourths, using one fourth of the dough for each separate cookie recipe. Freeze any unused dough to use later. This Basic Butter Cookie Dough alone bakes up a delicious cookie, perfect for an afternoon coffee break. Combined with the four variations, you have all you need to create a fabulous Christmas cookie platter that is sure to please your family, friends, and even Old Saint Nick.
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