White Velvet Cutouts Recipe
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White Velvet Cutouts Recipe

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We make these cutouts every Christmas and give lots of them as gifts. Last year, we baked a batch a week all through December to be sure we'd have plenty for ourselves, too. These rich cookies melt in your mouth! — Kim Hinkle, Wauseon, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:66 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 66 servings


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 149 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set (do not brown). Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a bowl, beat butter, shortening and vanilla until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to reach spreading consistency; beat 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. If desired, beat in food coloring. Frost cookies. (Keep frosting covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as White Velvet Cutouts in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p25

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268095
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"These are our all-time favorite Christmas cookie. My kids can't even wait for me to frost fhem!!"

bakingmad User ID: 875200 261298
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017 Edited Feb. 19, 2017

"Like a below reviewer, I also made half the recipe. I added extra flour and the dough was still very sticky, thus my four star rating. The end result was delicious cookies, but I doubt I'll use this recipe again for cutout cookies. If I do make it again, I think I'll have an easier time rolling the dough into balls and flattening them slightly before baking."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 258257
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"Have made these for a number of years also. Maybe if Deborah hadn't tried to make only a half of a batch, the recipe would have worked out. If they are too sticky, a little extra flour can sometimes help. Love these and the cream cheese keep them so soft."

Deborah User ID: 7522215 257929
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"Disaster of a recipe.... don't try this.... was a sticky sticky mess. I did as I normally do with roll out cookies... I roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment and put in refrig for an hour... tried to cut out the cookies and it was such a sticky mess... could not get the cookies onto the pan to bake them... will never, never try this recipe again.... good thing I did half the recipe..I ended up throwing the dough in the trash... I will go and use another recipe..."

trisha25a User ID: 5485060 248920
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"Everyone always goes crazy about these cookies!"

kwillo87 User ID: 8671168 239931
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I have been making these for YEARS. I received this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine back in the '90's. These are a HIT every time I make them. Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The cream cheese in the dough is amazing! These are always the favorite when we give cookies away at Christmas."

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 239409
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"When people request the recipe you know it's a hit"

Feen User ID: 1925557 215780
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Make these every Xmas and they are delicious. The cream cheese really adds something to the batter over a plain sugar cookie. Try them!"

smagal User ID: 5715837 215621
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Good for cutout cookies"

pattycrow User ID: 1469174 201640
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"I've been making these for a couple of years now. This is a favorite among my family and friends."

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