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Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies

Rich, buttery sugar cookie cutouts like these never last long at a party. They're one of my favorite homemade Christmas cookies. I use seasonal cutters to celebrate the holidays tastefully. —Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    6 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies)


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tinted frostings, colored sugars, edible glitter and nonpareils


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill until firm, 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in thickness. Cut out with Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • Decorate cookies with frosting and colored sugars.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Chilling the dough is important because it allows butter and other fats to solidify, making them full-bodied and chewy. Don't skip this step!
  • Check out the 7 secrets to baking soft and chewy sugar cookies.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 47 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Vicushe
      Nov 16, 2019

      Love the dough!

    • M
      Sep 26, 2019

      Such an easy way to add design to cookies. We all have stamps around the house. Love the presenters as well.

    • emilywest24
      Dec 23, 2018

      Very easy recipe and good flavor. Not sure how it was supposed to make 6-7 dozen, though. I used 2 1/2 inch and smaller cookie cutters and rolled the dough out to 1/4 inch, but it barely made 3 1/2 dozen.

    • Marie
      Dec 23, 2018

      Never again will I use this recipe. Yield was incorrect and dough was not manageable at all. Cookies stuck to pan...just horrible

    • Holly
      Dec 21, 2018

      Simple to make, delicious flavor, this recipe is a keeper!

    • Karin
      Dec 12, 2018

      No comment left

    • Rich
      Dec 16, 2017

      An easy, nice recipe to make. Stayed soft with a nice vanilla flavor.

    • Marycathryn
      Dec 10, 2017

      Quick and easy recipe . WE used maple syrup instead of vanilla extract it tastes great

    • Mpraz81
      Dec 19, 2015

      I love this recipe and the cookies didn't make it a week!

    • 908
      Aug 16, 2015

      This was very simple and my family loves them