Santa Claus Sugar Cookies

Santa Claus Sugar Cookies
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  1. 1 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  3. 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 6-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  6. Optional decorations: red colored sugar, miniature semisweet chocolate chips and Red Hots
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. Santa-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cookies and decorate as desired. Yield: about 4 dozen.