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White Velvet Cutouts Recipe

White Velvet Cutouts Recipe

We make these cutouts every Christmas and give lots of them as gifts. Last year, we baked a batch a week all through December to be sure we'd have plenty for ourselves, too. These rich cookies melt in your mouth! — Kim Hinkle, Wauseon, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:66 servings


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


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
  • 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. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set (do not brown). Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For frosting, in a bowl, beat butter, shortening and vanilla until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to reach spreading consistency; beat 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. If desired, beat in food coloring. Frost cookies. (Keep frosting covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Yield: about 5-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 149 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 62mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268095
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

"These are our all-time favorite Christmas cookie. My kids can't even wait for me to frost fhem!!"

bakingmad User ID: 875200 261298
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017 Edited Feb. 19, 2017

"Like a below reviewer, I also made half the recipe. I added extra flour and the dough was still very sticky, thus my four star rating. The end result was delicious cookies, but I doubt I'll use this recipe again for cutout cookies. If I do make it again, I think I'll have an easier time rolling the dough into balls and flattening them slightly before baking."

shereeder User ID: 1853566 258257
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2016

"Have made these for a number of years also. Maybe if Deborah hadn't tried to make only a half of a batch, the recipe would have worked out. If they are too sticky, a little extra flour can sometimes help. Love these and the cream cheese keep them so soft."

Deborah User ID: 7522215 257929
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2016

"Disaster of a recipe.... don't try this.... was a sticky sticky mess. I did as I normally do with roll out cookies... I roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment and put in refrig for an hour... tried to cut out the cookies and it was such a sticky mess... could not get the cookies onto the pan to bake them... will never, never try this recipe again.... good thing I did half the recipe..I ended up throwing the dough in the trash... I will go and use another recipe..."

trisha25a User ID: 5485060 248920
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2016

"Everyone always goes crazy about these cookies!"

kwillo87 User ID: 8671168 239931
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I have been making these for YEARS. I received this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine back in the '90's. These are a HIT every time I make them. Absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The cream cheese in the dough is amazing! These are always the favorite when we give cookies away at Christmas."

murrell006 User ID: 2357453 239409
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"When people request the recipe you know it's a hit"

Feen User ID: 1925557 215780
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Make these every Xmas and they are delicious. The cream cheese really adds something to the batter over a plain sugar cookie. Try them!"

smagal User ID: 5715837 215621
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2014

"Good for cutout cookies"

pattycrow User ID: 1469174 201640
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"I've been making these for a couple of years now. This is a favorite among my family and friends."

keely27 User ID: 4249986 12301
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Made no adjustments; dough was easy to work with and cookies melted in your mouth. Very good recipe"

skellyton1969 User ID: 7553666 9297
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Can anyone tell me if the cookies need to be refrigerated with the buttercream frosting, if I want them to be good for a week or so?"

shaz User ID: 292183 15760
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"Made these cookies when my kids were little. Lost the recipe. Glad I found it again. Yumy cookie!!!"

mauishores User ID: 1088145 40632
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This is the only cutout recipe I use. I substitute almond extract for the vanilla."

hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 15758
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"The best cutout cookies ever! Have been making for many years now."

momof29 User ID: 6105359 14574
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"must have for Christmas."

Miamommy User ID: 3827916 39827
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"This is the recipe I keep going back to. I'm going to try to roll log style and slice to save time when needed as another reviewer did."

dkorgeron User ID: 3414124 15043
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"I have made these cookies during the holidays for years. Now, both my sister and mother are making them too!"

Luckystar1534 User ID: 2397744 38127
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"Best cutout recipe that I have found."

HappyPappyCook User ID: 1101578 201639
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I am sooo glad they are now online so I don't have to search through stacks of TOH magazines!"

HappyPappyCook User ID: 1101578 15747
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"I have made these cookies almost every year since they were in the original magazine. These are by far the best cutouts I have ever had and I always get rave reviews on them! I highly recommend adding these to your annual Christmas baking, guarenteed you will make them every year!"

mauishores User ID: 1088145 14572
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"It's the week before Christmas and I'm back for this recipe - my very favorite cookie cutout recipe! I starting using this years ago when it appeared in a TOH magazine and there is no way I'd use another. I add extra almond flavor for an even richer cookie. They literally melt in your mouth."

bronwynmacisaac User ID: 2666617 14571
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"What would anyone suggest so the frosting doesn't stay soft...? help! thanks so much"

scholten User ID: 292585 12281
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"Hands down a top seller at our annual Christmas cookie and Craft Sale! People fight over these cookies! easy to work with, delicious, not too sweet, just right with the frosting. Do not over bake them, bake just until set. And make sure they are rolled out to 1/4 inch, thinner is not better!"

wjenni514 User ID: 6384145 15608
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I Make this every year for the holidays. It is my favorite holiday cookie. Instead of butter cream frosting i use a white chocolate cream cheese frosting and they are delicious!"

melhyrkas User ID: 1338718 201638
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"I used almond extract in these cookies. I tried to roll them after two hours chilling, and the first batch came out nice, but by the last, the batter was getting droopy. I would recommend not rolling the dough until you know for sure that's it's chilled. And if you don't have the frosting ingredients, don't worry. I don't think mine are going to last long enough to put frosting on them. SO GOOD!!"

steph_heins User ID: 1899786 16531
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This is the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever made! I use almond extract instead of the vanilla as that is what I prefer. I use a glace frosting that makes them perfect and smooth. Everyone loves them so much I'm making over 40 dozen to sell this holiday season!"

Karen J User ID: 1365546 26345
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Best cut out ever!"

nickey630 User ID: 6356897 40630
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"I have used this recipe for the last 4-5 years. Dough never gets flaky and has a great taste!"

TiffanyJones User ID: 4726403 15042
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"These cookies are excellent. They are not annoyingly sweet, like other sugar cookies. Even my husband, who doesn't really like sweets, ate them up.

They hold the shape of whatever cookie shape you make well. You don't even need to frost them for them to be delicious.
Be sure not to overcook these cookies. The recipe says NOT to brown them. They are even softer the next day.
I don't know why the one lady had trouble rolling them. Maybe she melted her butter and cream cheese instead of just softening it. I found the dough very easy to manipulate...even more so after it had been rolled and cut once."

janetsve User ID: 2085738 16530
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"Yum! I usually don't like cut-out cookies - but these taste great!"

Kristin White User ID: 4067036 41972
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"This is a delicious cookie. Last time I made them I didn't have time to roll out and cut the cookies, so I rolled the dough into a log, wrapped it in plastic, and refridgerated it as the recipe states. I then sliced the cookies into 1/4 inch rounds and baked as directed. They came out perfect!"

brkornhaus User ID: 118422 15743
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"My sister, my niece and I make these every year for Christmas and always get rave reviews. In fact, we've had requests from previous recipients to make extra for them to buy. It's the only recipe we'll ever use. The key to soft and moist results is to adhere to the 1/4" thickness recommended for rolling and not to over-bake them."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 69412
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Delicious cookies!"

Tash82 User ID: 4130589 15737
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"If you like soft, melt in your mouth cutouts, these are fantastic. I've used this recipe for Valentine's Day, Halloween & Christmas."

nurse6 User ID: 115854 9295
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"awesome! very good and very easy!"

freakonaleash2554 User ID: 4334613 16529
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"these look great! Does anyone know if I can just use colored sugar on top instead of the icing?"

JillAndLea User ID: 1675407 15040
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"I thought the cookies tasted delicious. However, I really struggled with rolling out the dough. It seemed like the dough got too warm to manipulate seconds after it came out of the 'fridge - I had to keep small portions in the freezer and work fast. The cut-out scraps couldn't be re-rolled right away but had to be put back in the freezer to get cold again. It wasn't the enjoyable, cookie cutting experience that I am used to. Again, though, the cookies in the end tasted great!"

beagle5 User ID: 4353144 12280
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I have been making this recipe since it was first published in 1997. This is the BEST cutout cookie!!! I make them all through the year with an assortment of cookie cutters depending on the occasion!!!!!"

jenavan User ID: 1904725 201637
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"I have made these time and time again! These are an easy and all time fav... you will be asked for them again!"

Charobic User ID: 947618 34351
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"This is my favorite cut-out cookie . . . absolutely buttery and yummy! The kids and I LOVE them!"

mom2tek User ID: 2534958 39823
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2007

"These are the best! I make these every year at Christmas. We keep some for ourselves and give some to all our neighbors (they love them to!)."

Rooter_Id_F_43 User ID: 112164 26343
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2007

"The best sugar cookie I ever made. Have had this recipe for over 5 years and it's the only one I make each year. Rolls out like velvet, cut great and taste delicious!"

gizzie42 User ID: 1378025 40629
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2007

"These are absolutely the best cookies I have ever ate."

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