Christmas Cut-Out Cookies Recipe -
Christmas Cut-Out Cookies Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

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"This recipe has been in my family for generations. I remember the wonderful scent of the cookies baking drifting throughout the house. Now my sons and I carry on the tradition every Christmas. Hope you enjoy them."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the anise extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Mix until just blended. Over-mixing will result in tough cookies.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies at least one inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cookie will not turn a golden brown. If they do, they're over-done. Turn out onto rack to cool. Wait until cool if frosting.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 08, 2006

Guess people didn't read what they were making!! These are CUT OUT cookies NOT Sugar cookies. My family has made these for year at least 5 generations. I love them along with everyone else. I can't eat frosting so I am one of the few who eat them plain. But we usually frost and decorate most of them and everyone else eats them and loves them. Our recipe I think has a 1/2c sugar in it too though, so maybe for the one's who want a little more to it and 1/2c sugar too. But these are more like a tea biscuit, not sugar cookie, so do NOT expect sugar cookie. But my family makes these for every holiday (we have hundreds of cookie cutters) and for our birthdays every year my mom makes us these instead of cakes (of course no frosting on mine!!) YUM!! Great for dipping in coffee, tea or milk or hot coco if you do not frost them. (P.S. frost the flat back side for easier decorating and use the frosting mix of just milk and powder sugar add food coloring).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 20, 2003

We are very disappointed with this recipe, no taste very bland. Does not matter how you try to improve this recipe, still no taste.


18 Ratings

Dec 23, 2006

I had been looking for a recipe for anise cut-out cookies. I remember my grandmother making them at Christmas when I was little and they were so good. They were different from all the other cookies we had and grandma was the only one in the family to make them. I have her old cookie cutters but her recipe can't be found. I tried this recipe and found it to be very close to hers. The cookies were very good but I think I'll add a little more anise next time. I remember helping my grandmother put the colored sugar sprinkles on the cookies just before they went into the oven so many years ago. I'm 57 and grandma has been gone for 4 years now. Thanks for sharing your recipe and bringing back those wonderful memories of grandma's cut-out anise cookies

Dec 08, 2007

This is just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing. The kids just wanted to be able to decorate them, not wait 3 hours for sugar cookie dough to chill.

Dec 07, 2007

this is a great recipe! just what I was looking for. I just finished baking them, very easy

Dec 27, 2009

Excellent cookies...made them with my children and they had a blast. Only reason it's not 5 starts is because I had to use a lot more flour...but that could've been something I did wrong too:)

Nov 25, 2008

I found the recipe very easy to make. The dough rolled nicely and the cookies baked perfectly. I changed the anise to vanilla and it was a nice flavor.

Dec 07, 2009

I tried this with my 3 yr old and it was great! everything worked out great! thanks


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  • Calories
  • 92 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

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

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