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Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Easy Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

These easy to make Christmas Cut-Out Cookies are a family favorite during the holidays.

I love this time of year, I feel like everyone is in a good mood and it’s so fun to spend time with family & friends.

It’s been a family tradition in our house to make and decorate Christmas Cut-Out Cookies.

Since I was little I’ve always looked forward to making these cookies.

The sugar cookie dough is honestly the BEST, you always know the cookies are going to be good when the cookie dough tastes amazing.

I try not to eat too much cookie dough but it’s just so dang good.

Also, these cut-out cookies are topped with the BEST sugar cookie frosting EVER!! 

This Christmas cut-out cookie and frosting recipe have been passed down through generations of our family. 

Everyone always looks forward to when I make these cookies for Christmas. 

So if your looking for the best Christmas cut-out cookies recipe, look no further. I promise your family will love them and you will be making them every year.

Happy Baking!

The Best Christmas Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

CHRISTMAS CUT-OUT COOKIES INGREDIENTS

CUT-OUT COOKIES INGREDIENTS:

 POWDERED SUGAR: 1 cup of powdered sugar. This is our family’s secret ingredient to the best tasting cut-out cookie. 

 SUGAR: 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. 

 EGG: 1 large egg. 

 VANILLA EXTRACT: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

 ALMOND EXTRACT: 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. 

 BUTTER: 1 cup ( 2 sticks) of unsalted butter. Make sure your butter is at room temperature. If your butter is TOO WARM, it will also result in cookies that will SPREAD and won’t hold their shape. So the best thing to do is let the butter sit out on the counter for at least 1 hour before you start baking and it will be perfect!

 SELF RISING FLOUR: 2 1/2 cups of self-rising flour. This is another secret ingredient, that makes these cookies the best. 

SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

POWDERED SUGAR: 4 cups powdered sugar. 

SHORTENING: 1 cup shortening, I like to use the butter flavored shortening.

 HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM: 5 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream.

 VANILLA EXTRACT: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

SALT: just a pinch of salt.

FOOD COLORING: any colored food color or just keep it white. 

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

 HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS CUT-OUT COOKIES

To make these Christmas Cut-Out Cookies, simply:

MAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH:

STEP 1: Using an electric or stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat sugar, stevia, egg, vanilla extract, almond extract and butter on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

STEP 2: Add flour and mix until just combined.

STEP 3: Divide dough into 4 pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

MAKE, BAKE, & DECORATE:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.

STEP 1: Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.

STEP 2: Using cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes.

STEP 3: Place cookie shapes onto prepared baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Let cookies cool completely before icing and decorating.

STEP 4: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, shortening, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.

STEP 5: Once cookies are cooled, frost cookies and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

CHRISTMAS CUT-OUT COOKIES

ADDITIONAL BAKING TIPS

COLD COOKIE DOUGH: It’s important to make sure to place the cookie dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour before you start rolling out the dough. I actually like to make the dough the day before and keep it in the fridge overnight but if you’re short on time, 1 hour in the fridge will be totally fine.

COOKIE CUTTERS: Here is a tip I learned to make it easy to use cookie cutters. I spray my cookie cutters with butter flavored non-stick cooking spray, this way the dough doesn’t stick to the cookie cutter and the shapes come out perfect every time.

SUGAR COOKIE FROSTING: It’s all about the frosting when it comes to a good Christmas Cut-Out Cookie. I highly recommend using heavy whipping cream instead of milk because the frosting will be a lot creamier. Also, if you don’t have any shortening you can use unsalted butter but make sure that the butter is super soft before making the frosting. You don’t want chunks of butter in the frosting.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS CUT-OUT COOKIES

BAKING TOOLS NEEDED

MIXER: I love my KitchenAid Mixer, I use it for everything. Makes baking so much easier!

BAKING SHEET: You will need a large 16×11 inch baking sheet.

SILICONE BAKING MAT OR PARCHMENT PAPER: If you don’t have a silicone baking mat…YOU NEED ONE!

COOKIE CUTTERS:  These are my favorite cookie cutters and you get a TON of different shapes. 

ICING SPATULA: Makes frosting cookies SO MUCH easier! 

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

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Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

COOKIES:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups self rising flour

FROSTING:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring

Instructions


  1. Using an electric or stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat powdered sugar, granulated sugar, egg,vanilla extract, almond extract and butter on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add flour and mix until just combined.
  3. Divide dough into 4 pieces, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  5. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, shortening, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.
  6. Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
  7. Using a cookie cutters, cut dough into shapes.
  8. Place cookie shapes onto prepared baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Let cookies cool completely before icing and decorating.
  9. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, shortening, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.
  10. Once cookies are cooled, frost cookies and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

Notes

STORE cookies in an container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

UNFROSTED Cut-Out Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months. When your ready to bake the frozen cookies, you will not need to thaw them, just place the cut-out cookies onto baking sheet and bake for 9-10 minutes.

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7 comments on “Christmas Cut-Out Cookies”

  1. My kids love these!! And, so do I! They are soft & the frosting is so good!!

  2. We’re doing our Christmas cookies tonight! Can’t wait to make these!

  3. I always avoid making cut out cookies thinking it’s just too hard! I need to change that!

  4. You must have been reading my mind! My kids just asked when we were going to make Chrismtas cookies. Can’t wait to try your recipe. They look amazing!

  5. I just saved this recipe to add my holiday baking list this weekend! They are so fun and festive!

  6. Do you have to use stevie instead of sugar? If you can use sugar how much?

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