Easy German Cut-Out Cookies


These simple cut out cookies are a must during Christmas time in Germany. Especially kids delight in helping cutting out fun shapes and later decorating and eating these delicious cookies that hold their shape.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
30 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 individual packet vanilla sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or more if needed

  • 1 drop assorted food coloring (Optional)

  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package multicolored candy sprinkles, or as desired (Optional)


  1. Combine 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, white sugar, vanilla sugar, and egg in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  2. Mix flour and baking powder together. Beat into the butter mixture on low speed until dough becomes crumbly. Work dough crumbles with your hands into a smooth dough and place into a sealable container. Refrigerate until chilled, 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  4. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Pick up all the left over dough, press together into a ball, and repeat the rolling and cutting out process until all the dough is used up.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before carefully removing to a wire rack with a knife or thin spatula to cool completely.

  7. Mix confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until glaze has a smooth and spreadable consistency. Add more lemon juice if you like a thinner glaze. Add food coloring if you like. Brush frosting on cooled cookies and add chocolate sprinkles or sugar sprinkles if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

92 Calories
4g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 18mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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