Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

Cookie Exchange Week comes to a close on National Gingerbread Decorating Day, celebrated the second Saturday in December.

Make the most of the sweet holiday with these festive gingerbread trees from The Cookie Book: Decadent Bites for Every Occasion by Rebecca Firth (Page Street Publishing Co.).

In her first cookbook, the Displaced Housewife blogger offers tips for cookie success in the opening, and sprinkles advice throughout the more than 75 recipes, so you’re less likely to face a baking fail.

GLAZE FOR HOLIDAY CUT-OUT COOKIES 2 cups powdered sugar 4 Tbsp milk plus more to thin 1 tsp vanilla extract Gel food coloring, optional Sprinkles, optional

Key Tags Cookies: In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter and brown sugar and mix on medium for about 4 minutes, or until well blended.

Glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and food coloring until smooth.

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