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Santa's coat buttons

Time 1 hour
Yields Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Santa’s coat buttons
1

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, powdered sugar and salt. Add the butter, pulsing until the dough comes together.

2

Remove the dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, rolling in waxed paper. Chill the dough until firm enough to slice, at least 30 minutes.

3

Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Pour the red sugar into a small bowl or baking dish to a thickness of about one-half inch.

4

Cut each dough log into one-half-inch rounds. Press each round lightly onto the sugar to coat, then place, sugar side up, onto the parchment-lined baking sheet 1 to 2 inches apart. Sprinkle a few white crystals on top of each cookie for added sparkle. Use the blunt end of a skewer or similar item to make 2 indentations for “buttonholes.”

5

Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, then reverse the sheets and continue to bake until the cookies are golden on the bottom (no coloring on top), 8 to 12 minutes longer. Cool on racks.

Adapted from Joan Kay GeorgeHerzberg. Red and white decorating sugars can be found at most well-stocked markets, as well as cooking and baking supply stores.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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