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Brown Sugar Cutouts

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


About 6 dozen

I bake so many cookies for the holidays that I have one recipe box just for cookies alone! But of all of them, these simple cutouts are among my husband's flavor favorites.
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • Green food coloring, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and lemon zest. Combine the flour, baking soda and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-in. cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough cream to achieve spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired to some or all of the frosting. Decorate cookies.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 156 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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