Christmas cookies

I promised to post this recipes for cut sugar cookies for my friends Gail and Sarah. Apologies for not posting before the holiday... I was too busy baking and cooking and shopping!!

This is a simple recipe from the old Fannie Farmer cookbook, a book my mother passed down to me. It seems that no one wants to spend the time rolling out the dough, cutting and decorating these cookies anymore. But I started doing it with my kids when they were little, and letting them help decorate. Now, even though no one is around to help, the process has become so routine, it doesn't seem like work. It just seems like part of Christmas.

They key to these cookies is rolling the dough thin, about 1/4-inch or less, and keep the rolling pin and surface coated with a thin layer of flour so that the dough doesn't stick.