Cookie Cutter Cookies

Posted by on Thursday, December 15th, 2011


Here’s a delicious cookie recipe that is perfect for using those cookie cutters you’ve collected over the years.  I love this recipe because it does not have to be chilled and the dough does not spread out and distort the cut out shapes like the popular tube dough tends to do.  So grab the kids and head to the kitchen for some Holiday baking and memory making!

  • 2 sticks soft salted butter (no substitutions)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Beat 2 minutes on high speed.  Mix flour and baking powder together, then add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture a cup at a time, beating after each addition.

Divide dough into halves and form a ball with each half.  Turn dough onto a floured surface. Roll each ball of dough into a 12″ diameter circle, about 1/8″ in thickness.  Dip cookie cutters in flour and cut out cookies.  Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet, leaving a couple inches of space around each cookie.  Sprinkle any cookie trims on cookies before baking.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes, or until cookies are only slightly browned.   Remove cookies from oven and let them completely cool.  Decorate cookies with colored butter cream frosting.  Watch them disappear quickly!

Butter cream frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks soft butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • food coloring

Cream butter and powdered sugar together with a mixer.  Add vanilla and milk.  Mix on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy.  Add food coloring if desired.  To make evergreen trees, use a grass cake decorating tip.

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Cookie Cutter Cookies

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4 Responses to “Cookie Cutter Cookies”

  1. Carolinaheartstringson 17 Dec 2011 at 10:10 am 1

    What beautiful cookies. You and your family did a great job. Your Pictures are great. Merry Christmas our friend.

  2. Taraon 18 Dec 2011 at 4:00 pm 2

    Thank You! It’s a busy buys time of year.

  3. Leahon 19 Dec 2012 at 9:32 am 3

    Is it me, or did anyone else catch that the recipe list 2 T of baking Powder, but as the recipe goes into detail, it then says baking Soda???

  4. Taraon 19 Dec 2012 at 2:37 pm 4

    Hi Leah,

    I edited the recipe which calls for 2 teaspoons baking powder. Sorry for any confusion.