Cut Out Cookies – My Least Favorite

As Stella and me were deciding on what cookies to make as gifts – I was so hoping that she would not want the dreaded cut out cookies – but of course she did!  So after 2 days they are finally done.  I woke at 5am to make the dough, since it had to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours, then it was rolling the dough, cutting the cookies, another 2 hours – done – now the decorating and another 2 hours!

Sugar Roll Out Cookies (Courtesy of Becky Crocker – I have had this cookbook so long that it is falling apart and I keep it together with a rubber band!)


2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbl butter
1/3 cup shortening (I replace with butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tbl milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. Let the butter get to room temperature. Beat the butter for about 30 seconds.

2. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy – not sure what that means because mine did not look fluffy and never does!


3. Add egg, milk and vanilla – beat well.


4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

5. You don’t have to this step, but my refrigerator could not take another bowl – so I wrapped the dough in plastic wrap and place on a shelf in the fridge.  Let chill for at least 3 hours.



6. Work with half the dough, place on a parchment lined board (you can flour the board and skip the parchment paper – but I have never been successful with transferring the cookies from the board to the cookie sheet.

7. Roll the dough out with a well floured rolling pin.  You will have to keep adding flour to the rolling pin. You can turn the dough easily with the parchment paper – makes rolling easier.  Once the dough is about 1/8″ thick – start cutting with the cookie cutters.

8. Move the parchment paper to a cookie sheet and place in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes.

9. Cool on a wire rack.  Makes about 36 – 48 cookies.


Icing (Next year, if we have to make these again – I am looking for another icing recipe that does not use corn syrup!)


2 cups confectioners sugar
6 tsp milk
6 tsp corn syrup

1. In a glass bowl mix the milk and confectioners sugar together, until smooth – may have to add a little more milk.

2. Add the corn syrup and mix until the icing is smooth and glossy – if too thick add more corn syrup.

3. Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring.

Go to town decorating, don’t forget the sprinkles.  I have Stella do her decorating in a baking pan – keeps all of it from ending up on the floor!  This icing does dry hard.

The Set Up


Some Decorated Cookies


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3 Responses to Cut Out Cookies – My Least Favorite

  1. Jo says:

    They look fabulous and yummy!

  2. Candace says:

    Although a lot of work, it warms my heart to see Stella decorating cookies. And, you are so organized! Really wonderful. : )

    • simply0637 says:

      Christmas to me is all about the kids – so if she wanted to make cut out cookies we were going to make them. In the spirit of giving!

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