Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the recipe that has been in our family and now my sisters and I all make this each Christmas. Could be made for any holiday!!! We then make a buttercream frosting and divide it into different bowls and add different colored food coloring drops to them. My mother always made the dough and cut out the cookies and baked them. The kids all got to frost and decorate them together. Hope you and your family enjoy them. NOTE: Time doesn't include chill time required to make dough workable.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar and then add in eggs.
  2. In a separate bowl or plastic bag, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix the dry ingredients in to the butter mixture.
  3. Cover bowl or put dough in a plastic bag and put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Once chilled, take approximately 1/5 of the dough and place on lightly floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and using flour dipped cookie cutters, cut out the dough and place on cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes (oven temps vary so check around 7 mins).
Most Helpful

Great cookies, helped me fill a childhood void (my mother didn't bake for the holidays, although she was very fond of pouring sherry on pound cake). These were subtly sweet instead of coma-inducing sweet, which I greatly appreciated. It took a while for me to get the hang of these; I learned that you need to work quickly so the dough doesn't warm up very much. Other than that, the recipe is very forgiving, thank goodness! Mine were done in 7 minutes. Made for Please Review My Recipe tag game.

KateL December 27, 2013

Yummmmm. Cut out cookies are a tradition at our place during the holidays. The 3 year old great grandaughter says "these are the best cookies she's ever made". We've added it to our must have for the holidays.

BakinBaby December 30, 2012

These cookies are so yummy. I baked them 9 minutes and they were ready. Thanks Diner :) Made for PRMR tag game

Boomette December 18, 2011