Never-Fail Cutout Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 5 dozen

Updated: Jan. 21, 2023
I have tried numerous recipes for cutout cookies over the years—this one is foolproof. My daughter and my granddaughter love making these for holidays and social events. Most of all, we enjoy decorating them. You can try almond flavoring or another flavoring of choice. This recipe is easily doubled. —Irene Palm, Mansfield, Ohio
Never-Fail Cutout Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  1. Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Divide dough into 4 portions; shape each into a disk. Cover; refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes.
  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. holiday cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake until edges are light golden, 12-14 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring. Spread or pipe over cookies. Decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 169 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.