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Snowflake Shortbread Cut-outs

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Step 2

In small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. In large bowl, beat shortening, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until smooth, about 1 minute; add flour mixture, beating on low speed until incorporated. Do not refrigerate dough.

Step 3

Divide dough into two disks. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4 in. thick. Cut with snowflake cutter; carefully transfer cookies to baking sheet using spatula (cookies will be tender). Reroll excess dough to cut out remaining cookies.

Step 4

Bake 8-11 minutes or until very light golden around edges. Remove to cooling grid; cool completely.

Step 5

Outline and fill in with white royal icing; let dry. Add tip 2 snowflake icing outlines; sprinkle with pearlized sugars; let dry.