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Lump of Coal Cookies


Lump of Coal Cookies are really delicious sugar cookies that even Santa will enjoy!

Do you know someone that has been naughty this year?
I heard you have been naughty not nice,
And Santa even checked his list twice.
So all the way from the cold North Pole
all you're getting is a bag (or jar*:)) of coal.

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  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • AmeriColor Super Black food color soft gel paste, to give it the black coal look


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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture. Mix well.

I usually chill my dough in the refrigerator before rolling out, but it's not mandatory. Roll to desired thickness* and cut into desired shapes.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes** or just until beginning to turn brown around the edges.

*I use THIS to achieve uniform thickness. I always use the spacer that makes the thickest(3/8-inch) cookie:)

**My cookies seem to take about 15-18 minutes to bake. It may be because of their size, or my oven. Start timing on the low end because you can always add more time...just keep an eye on your cookies to achieve desired doneness.

One last tip: If you are having a problem with your cookies holding their shape, it helps a lot if you put them in the freezer on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes before you bake them.

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