Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe is from my sister-in-law's mother, who was kind enough to share her recipe. I make these every Christmas, and my family looks forward to them every year. The yield depends on the type of cookie cutters you use (I estimated, based on 1 1/2"-size cookies). You can also substitute half brown sugar for half of the granulated sugar (which I do sometimes), if you'd like.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients with a hand mixer.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. Combine the dry mixture into the wet mixture, until incorporated.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Roll flat (to about 1/4" thick), and cut into desired shapes. It does help a bit if you chill the dough for about 30 minutes first, but I hardly ever do!
  6. Bake for 5-10 minutes, depending on size and thickness of cutout shapes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack, and decorate as desired.