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Cinnamon Star Cutouts

These cookies fill your home with an irresistible aroma as they bake. My grandmother made them every Christmas when I was a child. I have fond memories of helping her in the kitchen. —Jean Jones, Peachtree City, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 78 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Mary
    Dec 19, 2019

    I adapted the recipe slightly by using about half of cinnamon and replacing a quarter of the flour with ground almonds. I doubled the recipe and kept the dough in the fridge, breaking off what I wanted to use on the day. The biscuits were light, crunchy and delicious!

  • kathidahl
    Dec 7, 2014

    The whole house smells wonderful! These are a simple crisp cookie...I really like them and will bake again and again. I will admit that I added a half teaspoon of anise extract after reading the other comments and I only baked 12 minutes. I am going to pipe white icing on them for the Christmas cookie platters.Two days later.....OK, on second batch...really like these. I tried half butter and half shortening this time...the cookies were some softer but lost a little of the butter flavor, so won't do that again. These cookies get better day to day. A real keeper as far as I am concernedOne thing I forgot...I sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar before baking and outline with white icing.

  • Mary
    Jul 21, 2012

    I found after they were baked they were so hard they almost broke my teeth

  • patriroqt
    Mar 22, 2011

    sooo good! tasted almost like gingerbread... would be great around the holidays! i made this with my little niece and nephew and they had fun picking out cookie cutters. tasty too :)

  • kaitlyn'smommy
    Jan 3, 2011

    I followed the recipe as it was written. The cookies were dull. I will not be making these cookies again.

  • howdymomma
    Dec 20, 2010

    These cruncy little cookies are habit-forming! A co-worker brought them in originally, and I hounded her relentlessly for the recipe. The heavy cinnamon flavor sets these apart. I am baking them to give out as gifts. Bonus: Only 2 WW Points Plus per cookie!