Cut-Out Cookie Recipes

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

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Chef John's Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

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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.
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Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

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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

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Very pretty chocolate and plain shortbread cookies.

Gingerbread Boys

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

Best Ever Chocolate Cutout Cookies

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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!

Mexican Sugar Cookies

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Cut-out cookies rolled in sugar and cinnamon.

Cut-Out Cookies in a Flower Pot

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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

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Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise! NOTE: I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.
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Soft Christmas Cookies

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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

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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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Grandma's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes

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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.

Inspiration and Ideas

White Velvet Cutouts

"I always use this as my cutout recipe. The shapes stay perfect and they are easy to make and roll out." – muggle516

Soft Sugar Cookies IV

"Seriously the best sugar cookies ever. Didn't change a thing." – Denise Ferniza

Biscochitos Traditional Cookies

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This is New Mexico's traditional cookie. A great thick sugar cookie that is dusted with cinnamon-sugar. The traditional shape is fleur-de-lis, but use your favorite cookie cutters if you like.