Hang this Christmas greeting on a mantel for everyone to see and sample. The foundation of this recipe is the versatile dough that can be customized to create chocolate, colored, striped, or marbleized cookies.
Repoke the holes immediately after baking to ensure that they are big enough for threading with string or licorice.
Instead of rolling out your dough on a floured surface, roll it out between waxed paper. The cookies will stay moist because extra flour is not incorporated during the rolling process.
Roll out the cookie dough and cut out the letters that spell Merry Christmas. Using the straw, punch out holes from the tops of each cookie. Bake as directed. Decorate each letter with stripes, polka dots, or patterns made of colored frosting. String the cookie on the ribbon, tie in place, and hang.