These cookies are great everyday cookies, not too sweet or buttery. They are usually in special shapes and decorated for different holidays.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs.

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  • Dissolve the baking soda in the milk, then add to mixture. Add the vanilla and mix well

  • Place salt in with flour and slowly stir into mixture. The dough should not be too sticky and should pull away from the sides of the bowl easily. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour.

  • Form the dough into a roll about a foot long and 2-3 inches in diameter. Roll up in wax paper and put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • Remove from refrigerator and let dough come to room temperature. Roll out dough a chunk at a time (one dough log makes about 4 chunks).

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  • Cut your cookies and decorate or bake plain for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

161 calories; 2.8 g protein; 24.4 g carbohydrates; 29.3 mg cholesterol; 120.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (51)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2007
This was a difficult review to decide on. I would definitley give it a 5 for ease of working with the dough; it really had the best texture I've ever worked with for cutout cookies. As far as the flavor goes I would give it a 3 or maybe even a two. I don't like my cookies to be too sweet but these had very little flavor period. I bet the other reviewer had the right idea though when they said it was the perfect cookie recipe to use with lots of icing. If you had a really rich icing I think this would be the perfect cookie dough. And if I were to make cookies with kids I would definitely use this recipe because of how easy the dough was to work with. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/26/2014
I'm sorry I followed the recipe as is and these seem bland to me. Yes easy to work the dough. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2007
This was a difficult review to decide on. I would definitley give it a 5 for ease of working with the dough; it really had the best texture I've ever worked with for cutout cookies. As far as the flavor goes I would give it a 3 or maybe even a two. I don't like my cookies to be too sweet but these had very little flavor period. I bet the other reviewer had the right idea though when they said it was the perfect cookie recipe to use with lots of icing. If you had a really rich icing I think this would be the perfect cookie dough. And if I were to make cookies with kids I would definitely use this recipe because of how easy the dough was to work with. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2007
This was a difficult review to decide on. I would definitley give it a 5 for ease of working with the dough; it really had the best texture I've ever worked with for cutout cookies. As far as the flavor goes I would give it a 3 or maybe even a two. I don't like my cookies to be too sweet but these had very little flavor period. I bet the other reviewer had the right idea though when they said it was the perfect cookie recipe to use with lots of icing. If you had a really rich icing I think this would be the perfect cookie dough. And if I were to make cookies with kids I would definitely use this recipe because of how easy the dough was to work with. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
These are the BEST cutout cookies ever. The submitter of the recipe says it best. The wonderful thing about them is that they stay soft in the middle very similer to the 'Cookie Bouquet' cookies. I highly recomend them!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2008
I tried this recipe after an unsuccessful attempt at making cutout cookies. The cookie is not too sweet (which I like - if you prefer a really sweet cookie this recipe is not for you) and the dough is very easy to handle. The bottoms were golden brown (I baked them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper) and the cookies held their shape very well. Be careful when cooking as the edges will start to turn golden but the tops of the cookies themselves do not brown. Mine were done at about 7 minutes at 350 degrees. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2005
This was a FANTASTIC recipe! The dough was so easy to work with and the cookies were just as described not too sweet. Frosting is a must since they aren't that sweet but then you have your perfect cutout! These are better and softer the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2010
I get what everybody's saying about these not being sweet enough because... well they aren't sweet enough. Not to the point where you think you're eating flour but just not as sweet as most sugar cookies I've made before.. But still really fantastic! This is exactly the kind of sugar cookie recipe I was looking for. I was making Halloween sugar cookies to put onto my son's birthday cake to decorate it and I was going to put frosting on them anyway. These are great with frosting and the dough is incredibly easy to work with. I usually don't make cut out cookies because I hate having to roll out the dough and deal with that whole mess but this recipe didn't give me any problem at all. I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
This cookie is the PERFECT COOKIE FOR CUT-OUTS!!!! I've been looking for a replacement recipe for my favorite one I lost years ago during a move and each new one I try I end up disappointed - UNTIL TODAY!!!!! This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! It's not sweet. It's not crunchy (I suppose you could make it crunchy if you wanted to:). It's not fussy messy or 'over the top'. It's tasty enough to eat undecorated at all....and not so tasty that icing &/or colored sugar etc...make it 'to much'. PERFECT. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2007
SOO GOOO AND THE DOUGH IS SOOO EASY TO WORK WITH A REAL WINNER ALTHOUGH I THINK IF U USE MARGARINE INSTED OF BUTTER U NEED TO ADD MORE FLOUR 1/4 OF A CUP IN MY CASE BUT THIS IS A REALLY WONDERFUL RECIPE Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
I have made quite a few cutout cookies and this was absolutely the easist dough I have ever worked with! It never stuck to the rolling pin or my hands and the cookies baked up beautifully. The cookies are also durable and freeze well. Bravo for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2007
This is an excellent recipe for cutout cookies. I made a double batch and needed to add some flour as the recipe indicates you might need to. It was too sticky with the amount listed. Topped the cookies with "Royal Icing I" off the site. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/26/2014
I'm sorry I followed the recipe as is and these seem bland to me. Yes easy to work the dough. Read More
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