All-Purpose Holiday Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup milk


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Mix the dry ingredients and the oil together in the large mixing bowl. Beat remaining ingredients until light and fluffy. Add to the mixing bowl with the mixture and stir together.

Allow the mixture to chill for at least two hours — overnight is better.

Divide the mixture into four sections for easier handling.

Roll the dough out on a generously flowered cutting board until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place the cut-outs onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 7-8 minutes, until cookies are stiff and a light golden color. Do not bake until brown or the cookies will become hard and brittle.

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