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Fall Festival sugar cookies

St. John's Fall Festival is today and for the bake sale fundraiser I baked and decorated sugar cookies.  I found the cookie recipe on Cooks Country page. 

When all was baked and decorated my niece and I placed the cookies in fall cup cake papers and clear bags then labeled them for the bake sale. 

We boxed them up and headed out to the Festival.  Stop by the Festival they will be open until ten this evening.   Don't forget to stop by the bake sale.  

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