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Mom’s Old-Fashioned Cutouts

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
    5 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until light browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
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  • DDPLoeches
    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
    Dec 1, 2016

    Will these cookies hold their shape after baking?

  • 88retired
    Oct 21, 2016

    Would love to find some old shaped cookie cutters like these

  • sarashattuck
    Dec 2, 2013

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

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