If your cut-out style Christmas cookies seem a bit on the tough side, your rolling technique might be to blame. Roll the dough from the centre outwards for softer cookies.
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Home and culinary blog TheKitchn offers some insight into the science of cut-out cookies and cookie dough:
Part of what makes cut-out cookies tricky is that the dough gets worked more than simple scoop-and-drop cookies. With more action, you get more gluten from the flour and this can make your cookies tough instead of tender.
When rolling out the cookie dough, always start with your rolling pin in the middle and roll outwards. Repeatedly rolling back-and-forth or side-to-side tightens the gluten more than long strokes from the middle.
Skip the steam-roller re-enactment; start gently in the centre to get the soft and delicious cut-out cookies you crave.