Mom's Old-Fashioned Cutouts Recipe
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Mom's Old-Fashioned Cutouts Recipe

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Old family memories rush in as soon as I make these traditional cutout cookies. — Lois Smit, Monee, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Food coloring, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then sour cream and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough into three portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until light browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, salt and enough cream to reach desired consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Mom's Old-Fashioned Cutouts in Taste of Home October/November 2012, p45

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DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 257749
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"Yes, they hold their shape! And the frosting works well too. I used almond flavoring, colored some red for a santa hat, left some white and sprinkled coconut on that for the fur and pom-pom on the hat... So cute."

jebelair User ID: 4001923 257540
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2016

"Will these cookies hold their shape after baking?"

88retired User ID: 7577961 255704
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

"Would love to find some old shaped cookie cutters like these"

sarashattuck User ID: 1075116 188265
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Great tasting cookies! Sort of remind me of a snickerdoodle when using the cinnamon."

Shellybean2891 User ID: 6497654 184296
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012


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