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Foolproof Cookie Cutting
Want your stars and snowmen to cut an impressive figure? Ensure that they retain their crisp, sharp edges by following these cool instructions: Roll out the chilled dough on floured parchment paper, then chill it again for at least 15 minutes before cutting out shapes. (If you’re working with a big batch, refrigerate the sheets of dough in a stack with the paper separating them.) Use a floured cookie cutter to punch out a clean shape, and reflour it before every cut. Place the shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill once again, for at least 15 minutes, before baking.
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