Elk and Other Animal Cut out Cookies

Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 12 mins

This is a lovely recipe for plain cut-out cookies. They have a yummy vanilla taste and the dough is super easy to work with. Cut out any shapes you like and decorate them with whatever strikes your fancy. Please note that a 30 min. cooling time is not include in prep time. Yield of cookies will vary according to the size of your cookie cutters. I got 7 large elks and about 15 small ones.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 125 g butter, cut into pieces
  • 250 g flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or use regular sugar and add some vanilla)
  • 70 g sugar
  • 1 egg (medium)
  • Optional Decorations

  • currants (for the eyes)
  • colored sprinkles
  • royal icing or coloured icing
  • melted chocolate


  1. In a big bowl combine butter pieces, flour, vanilla sugar, sugar and egg. Knead into a smooth dough. Wrap dough into cling film and refrigerated for 30 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough quite thinly (about 3 mm thick).
  3. Cut out elks or other shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter and place on a paper-lined baking sheet. If you like attach a currant to each elk for eyes.
  4. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 190°C/375°F for 8-12 minutes or until just slightly browned around the edges.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire-rack to cool completely.
  6. Now you can add any decorations you might like to add. I used some eggnog flavoured icing dipping the cookies into it and attaching a chocolate chip as an eye afterwards.
  7. Let dry.
Most Helpful

These cookies are a lot easier to make than the cutout cookies I make at Christmas! My DSs helped and chose airplanes, trains, firetrucks and big trucks for their shapes. Thy do not care for frosted cookies so overloaded them with sprinkles! I managed to sneak one on the pan with vert few sprinkles so I can taste the cookie itself. They are light and I like that they are crisp since we rolled them thin. Will make these again! Made for Everyday Holiday.

AZPARZYCH July 07, 2011

These are perfect sugar cookies; enough flavour to be delicious and still let the icing shine. We use icing sugar mixed with a bit of milk and then we add fruit colours. We got 38 cookies in all kinds of shapes. The dough came together well after about 5 min of kneeding. I found it easier to work with 1/2 the dough at a time after removing the dough from the fridge.

Deantini December 17, 2010