Cut-Out Cookie Recipes

Cut-out cookies made from sugar cookie, gingerbread, chocolate, and shortbread dough bake into perfect, frosting-ready creations.

Staff Picks

Best Ever Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Rating: 4.1 stars
299
This recipe is my grandmother's. this will be the best chocolate cutout cookie you have ever tasted! Very chocolaty with a lot of taste! Everyone asks for the recipe when I bake these! The kids love them so its time to share!! ENJOY!

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Rating: 4.41 stars
365
I found this to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutouts! very good flavor even without the frosting.

Chef John's Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Rating: 4.92 stars
39
While rosemary may seem like a strange addition to at first glance, it works so perfectly in these shortbread cookies that I'd argue they're actually better than the original. There's something so interesting about how the subtle hit of resinous herb works with this sweet, buttery cookie.

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

Rating: 4.27 stars
165
These cookies are so versatile! They are delicious, naturally low-fat, and even make terrific Christmas ornaments that keep for years. Royal Icing is best for decoration. CAUTION: These cookies have a way of disappearing!

Shortbread Wheels

Rating: 3.89 stars
18
Very pretty chocolate and plain shortbread cookies.

Gingerbread Boys

Rating: 4.48 stars
424
These are the best gingerbread men I've ever eaten. They have a nice light flavor with a hint of orange.

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.2 stars
5
Almond paste gives these cookies incredible flavor and helps keep them soft.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.19 stars
31
A rolled sugar cookie with the taste of pumpkin.

Cut-Out Cookies in a Flower Pot

Rating: 4.78 stars
266
I received this recipe at a Cake and Candy store when I signed up for a class. We made fall leaves and put them in a clay pot - they looked great! For best flavor results use pure Mexican vanilla the creme de la creme of vanillas. You will need about 6 dozen dowels, cut to approximately 6 inches (with some longer and some shorter) for cookie sticks.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.44 stars
11180
Perfect for decorating! These classic sugar cookies are great for rolling out and cutting into shapes.

Soft Christmas Cookies

Rating: 4.47 stars
1604
Soft cut out sugar cookie that I have used for years. I sprinkle with colored sugar before baking or you could also try icing them when cool.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Rating: 4.58 stars
351
These Gingerbread Men Cookies are as cute as can be. If desired, decorate with raisins, currants or cinnamon red hot candies for eyes and buttons. Or, pipe untinted or colored icing onto cookies.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How To Make and Use Royal Icing
You don't need to be a pro to make beautifully decorated Christmas cookies. You just need a few tools, a little know-how, and a good batch of royal icing.

Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

Rating: 4.54 stars
130

A soft teacake that is best when one to two days old. You can change flavors by substituting almond or lemon extract for the vanilla. Add a few drop of food coloring to dress up the dough for special occasions.