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Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies Recipe

Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies Recipe

Rich, buttery cookies like these never last long at a party. I use seasonal cutters to celebrate the holidays tastefully. —Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:72 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tinted frostings, colored sugars, edible glitter and nonpareils


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in thickness. Cut out with Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • 3. Decorate cookies with frosting and colored sugars. Yield: 6-7 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 47 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Mpraz81 User ID: 8668261 239732
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"I love this recipe and the cookies didn't make it a week!"

908 User ID: 8475494 231288
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"This was very simple and my family loves them"

sdthepainter User ID: 8178275 215674
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Totally awesome cookie!"

SeranaJayne User ID: 7251558 155954
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Beautiful dough and rolled out nice."

Joy1962 User ID: 7545574 170601
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013


cae1231 User ID: 6968758 171702
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Simple and tasty!"

JanCH User ID: 6677345 111308
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Excellent and the dough is easy to work with."

dilbert098 User ID: 3743376 102569
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"The best sugar/butter cookies ever. I'm usually impartial to these types of cookies but these ones are fantastic. They won't last long!"

nicolev User ID: 4175100 102568
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"These are the perfect cookies for decorating. They are nice and soft with a great light flavor that goes well by itself or with frosting."

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 111307
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"Nice soft texture and classic sugar cookie flavor. I like a more buttery cookie, but this is what you expect when you bite into a sugar cookie. I decorated mine with colored sugars."

Marijke Koken User ID: 5081518 140369
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"My Grand Kids love to work with this dough it makes very nice cookies. I will be doing them for Easter this year too."

Summy User ID: 1386846 171592
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"Yummy! My children and I would stir up some tinted frosting in a paint consistency, and then use paintbrushes to "paint" the cookies every year. Of course, sometimes faces got painted too. What fun! And, it always helps to have a delicious sugar cookie recipe to start the festivities. :)"

grade2teach User ID: 5315694 171591
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"These cookies are delicious. I make them for all sorts of celebrations and holidays. I usually get about 2 dozen from a medium/large cookie cutter; not 6-7 dozen as the recipe claims."

familybaker User ID: 2220402 140368
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Since we like almond flavoring, I used that in place of the vanilla. I have already separated the dough and used 1/2 tsp vanilla in 1 half and 1/2 tsp in the other half of the dough. Makes a little more work, but you also have 2 different flavors."

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