Elk and Other Animal Cut out Cookies

Recipe by Lalaloula
READY IN: 20mins


  • 125
    g butter, cut into pieces
  • 250
  • 1
    tablespoon vanilla sugar (or use regular sugar and add some vanilla)
  • 70
  • 1
    egg (medium)
  • Optional Decorations
  • currants (for the eyes)
  • colored sprinkles
  • royal icing or coloured icing
  • melted chocolate


  • 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.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough quite thinly (about 3 mm thick).
  • 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.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven at 190°C/375°F for 8-12 minutes or until just slightly browned around the edges.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire-rack to cool completely.
  • 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.
  • Let dry.