Rich and delicious cut-out cookies - wonderful for special holiday celebrations! These are the best cut-out cookies the long line of bakers in our family has ever found.

Jelly
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).

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  • Mix butter in a mixer until light, add remaining ingredients.

  • Knead until velvety. Roll one-half of the dough at a time to about 1/4 inch thickness using the smallest amount of flour possible.

  • Cut out and bake on a lightly greased pan for 12 minutes. Cookies will be almost white when cooked.

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

272.8 calories; 2.9 g protein; 30.4 g carbohydrates; 40.8 mg cholesterol; 110.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Overall, a very tasty and tender butter cookie. Also, because of so few ingredients, it is quick to mix. The dough was a little difficult to work with -- so I cheated and rolled it out between two sheets of waxed paper, set it on a cookie sheet, froze it for about 20 minutes, then cut out the frozen dough. (I do this with almost all cut out cookie dough. It works great and the cookies don't lose their shape!) Since I used small cutters, I reduced the baking time to 10 minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2011
Didn't care much for this cookie. Bland taste and I followed the recipe as written. I won't make these again, its not a sugar cookie, not a butter cookie, something in between. Needs a flavor boost for sure. Read More
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165 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 113
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Overall, a very tasty and tender butter cookie. Also, because of so few ingredients, it is quick to mix. The dough was a little difficult to work with -- so I cheated and rolled it out between two sheets of waxed paper, set it on a cookie sheet, froze it for about 20 minutes, then cut out the frozen dough. (I do this with almost all cut out cookie dough. It works great and the cookies don't lose their shape!) Since I used small cutters, I reduced the baking time to 10 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Overall, a very tasty and tender butter cookie. Also, because of so few ingredients, it is quick to mix. The dough was a little difficult to work with -- so I cheated and rolled it out between two sheets of waxed paper, set it on a cookie sheet, froze it for about 20 minutes, then cut out the frozen dough. (I do this with almost all cut out cookie dough. It works great and the cookies don't lose their shape!) Since I used small cutters, I reduced the baking time to 10 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Nice texture and taste. I found the dough in the original recipe a bit too crumbly. With an extra Tablespoon of milk and an extra 1/4 cup of butter it was perfect! Thank you for sharing your recipe Jelly. I'll be making this one for every cut-out cookie holiday and maybe some in between! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Very easy to make had to have my oven on 300 or the bottoms got too brown. Very tasty cookies and rolled out great. Keep in mind when you put them on the cookie sheet they don't spread so you can put more on. MY KIDS AND FRIENDS RAVED ABOUT THE TASTE!!! I added 1 extra tsp. of vanilla. GREAT RECIPIE THANKS!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2006
these were so odd... as others have noted not sweet but strangely addicting. i added some almond extract which i think helped the flavor. my husband ate them up and the man is not a sweet-eater so there's that. i would definitely chill the dough before rolling it out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2006
These are good and SO easy! If you use a stand mixer you won't have to knead and if you roll it out and bake it on parchment there's almost no mess! We loved them with Sugar Cookie Icing on this site. Professional-looking results! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2003
If you are looking for a delicately tastey white soft but yet crisp cut-out then this is for you. I was hoping for more cake-like cookies so this is not for me. Dough was easy to work w/ even w/out chilling. GREAT FOR USE WITH KIDS!!-no raw eggs so its a tastey and safe dough to eat:) A nice cookie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2007
THANK YOU JELLY!!!!! This really is the best cut-out recipe on the planet!! I have tried countless recipes for dough you don't have to refrigerate first. These are great!!!!! I put the dough on parchment paper put plastic wrap on top of the dough and then roll so no need for extra flour. THANKS AGAIN!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2004
By far the best cut-out cookies I've ever made. I've been using this recipe for 3 years now and everyone who tastes them agrees that they are indeed the best tasting cookies. My only suggestion is that you bake the cookies a bit longer than 12 minutes especially if you're making them thicker. Also suggest using parchment paper to bake on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2004
I made these last year for Valentine's day. They send very well. I cut out a lot of large hearts then half of them I cut out a small heart from the middle of each heart so I had sandwiches with windows in the top half. I added almond extract to the batter - and this was an awesome addition. Added a drop of red food coloring to the icing and that gave me pink icing for Valentine's day!!! My boyfriend was really excited commented on how good the icing was. Great great gift or mailed care package item! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/18/2011
Didn't care much for this cookie. Bland taste and I followed the recipe as written. I won't make these again, its not a sugar cookie, not a butter cookie, something in between. Needs a flavor boost for sure. Read More
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