Christmas Cookie Cut Outs Recipe -
Christmas Cookie Cut Outs Recipe
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Christmas Cookie Cut Outs

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"A family tradition and favorite. These cookies are great with and without frosting, but we prefer with."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    10 hrs 40 mins


  1. Sift together flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Cover and refrigerate dough overnight.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with Christmas cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. If using cutters that have small appendages, such as reindeer legs, reduce the baking time or they will overcook. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Beat the butter and confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl, mixture will be stiff. Add the vanilla and slowly mix in the milk a little at a time until a spreading consistency is reached. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Make sure cookies are completely cool before frosting.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 21, 2009

This recipe is fantastic. The nutmeg really makes them stand out from traditional xmas cookies. You can make these thin or thick and they are great. When they are thicker, they taste just like those soft sugar cookies with thick frosting that you find in your local bakery. This will become a tradition in my family as well. Thanks for sharing!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2010

I was so excited to try this recipe, but it did not work for me. The dough never did get to the consistency of being able to roll out. I then decided to just roll the dough into balls and bake it. Well, I found the cookies to be very airy and they didn't have much taste. It was like biting into a tasteles air cookie. The frosting was WAY TOO SWEET. I made a different batch of cut-out cookies and used the frosting recipe, and while everyone loved the sugar cookie, no one would eat them once frosted because it was too sweet. Someone commented they could go into a diabetic coma after eating one of those cookies, (of course they were kidding, but still). I wouldn't recommend this recipe. Sorry, I was disappointed.


14 Ratings

Dec 21, 2009

These cookies are just sweet enough to eat without icing and, when cut a bit thicker, so soft! I had a great time cutting Christmas cookies out of the dough. I will definitely be making these again!

Dec 30, 2010

These cookies came out PERFECT! I followed the recipe exactly but for one thing. because of some unexpected things we made the dough one night. and didn't roll and bake them for almost a week later. I also took a few suggestions from Alton Brown's Good eats show and split the dough up into 4 sections before I chilled it then rolled and baked each section using powdered sugar instead of flour. I also used a set of 1/4 inch rolling pin bands so that the dough rolled even and to the right depth. Those made a difference too. They were a huge hit at my daughter's Christmas Party. However, I can't speak too the taste of the icing or anything because we simply dusted the cookies with colored sugar and sprinkles. and I honest thing they were perfect that way. I will definatly be making them again, maybe even with the icing.... oh my only negative, they spread out a bit more than I expected. luckily I was making retty basic shapes but had they been more complicated they would have run together and blurred the shape. but that's about it!

Feb 01, 2011

If you take out the butter and use lard they are dairy free. If you take out the wheat flour and use rice/tapioca they become gluten free too! I have been searching for something like this since my son was diagnosed with allergies. To the people that had trouble rolling the dough out... Did you flour the top of the dough and rolling pin. It makes a world of difference.

Mar 01, 2010

I only made a half batch of the icing as I had some leftover icing in the freezer. However, the half batch was enoug to ice all of my cookies. I found the cookies to be slightly tasteless, so I sprinkled a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and white sugar on top of the icing and that seemed to make them ore tasty.

Dec 27, 2010

very blan cookie needs more sugar won't make again......... ever!

Apr 05, 2010

The cookies taste great, but were terrible for rolling out and using cookie cutters. The dough was really sticky and I had to add tons of flour to make it work. Then I had a problem getting some of the dough out of the cutters. After cooking, they were way too soft and fell apart as I took them off the cookie tray. Some of them even lost thier shape. I cooked the next tray for 15 minutes and had somewhat better results. If you want to roll and cut out cookies I would not recommend this recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.7 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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