Cutout Christmas Cookies Recipe
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Cutout Christmas Cookies Recipe

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"These old-fashioned cookies have been a holiday tradition in my family for many years," reveals Carolyn Moseley of Dayton, Ohio. "It was a joy to make these cookies for my children, and now I have a new little granddaughter who will soon be enjoying them, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 116 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, a portion at a time, to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired with frosting or confectioners' sugar.
  3. To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a resealable bag. Store in the refrigerator.
  4. Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as directed. Yield: about 6 dozen (2-inch cookies).
For Colored Sugar Variation: Brush baked cookies with beaten egg white; sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
Originally published as Cutout Christmas Cookies in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p63

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"Yum! Great start to my Christmas Cookie baking season! Love the nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon flavour. Thanks!"

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"I have to admit, I'm not a fan of making cutout cookies, but I'd make these again anytime. The flavor was delectable, and the texture crisp and perfect. Thank you for a cutout cookie worth the effort!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"These cookies have a little more flavor than more traditional "sand tart" dough."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"You can freeze almost any cookies for up to 6 months, just use a corregated box lined with foil and layer cookies placing waxed paper between each layer. Top with waxed paper and foil and put the lid on. Place the box into a bag and freeze; to thaw just remove from the plastic bag and leave out on the counter with the lid on. I have been doing this for years and never have a problem. Hope this helps you. Happy Holidays!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

"After baking how long can you freeze these cookies?

KK in ALlen Park, MI"

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