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     Christmas Butter Cookies

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None

Vanilla layer
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 and 1/2 tsp whole milk

Line 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper to extend 4 to 5 inches over edges of pan. Coat parchment with nonstick spray.
Prepare vanilla layer. Combine flour, powdered sugar, and salt in bowl of food processor, pulse 3 to 4 times till combined. Add butter, pulse till mixture resembles coarse sand, about 5 times Add egg yolks and vanilla, process till dough forms a ball, 30 to 40 seconds. Transfer to prepared baking pan and press evenly into the bottom of pan. Brush top of dough with milk.
Prepare pink layer. Prepare as above, reducing vanilla to 1/2 tsp and adding 2 to 3 drops red liquid food coloring. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll into a roughly 8 inch square. Press pink layer evenly on top of vanilla layer in pan. Brush top of dough with milk. Prepare green layer like pink layer, using green food coloring. Press on top of pink layer. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lift dough our of pan. Cut dough into quarters. Cut each quarter crosswise into 18 slices. Arrange 1 inch apart on prepared pans. Bake until firm to the touch, 14 to 15 minutes. Do not let cookies brown. Cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

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