Butter Cut-Out Cookies

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! This morning I’d like to share my Grandma’s butter cookie recipe. It’s another Christmas classic that is requested every year by at least one family member, much to my mother’s chagrin. I, however, always loved rolling out and decorating these cookies over the holidays. I have been known to break this recipe out for any sort of holiday and season.


One of my fondest holiday memories was when we would sit around the table and decorate cookies as carefully or wacky as we wished. We would laugh and talk and listen to Christmas music as the Christmas bake-a-thon would commence. I always felt there was a little more love that goes into these cookies, from the mixing and rolling, to the decorating there was always that extra bit of effort that made it seem more special. Not only that, these cookies are pretty versatile with their texture. If you roll them out to be on the thinner side, you’ll get a crispy cookie. On the other hand, if you roll them out to be on the thicker side, you’ll get a wonderfully flaky and chewy cookie. I make them both ways since my family has an array of preferences – from crispy and unfrosted to chewy and frosted. No matter how the cookie crumbles, this is fun for one or a whole family.

  • Servings: 24-32
  • Difficulty: easy
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From Dorothy’s Kitchen – by Grandma Helen


1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar until well mixed. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until just combined. Stir together dry ingredients and add it to the wet batter stirring until just combined. If you need to, get in there with your hands to really mix it together. Wrap up the dough and let it chill for about an hour or a day if you need it. Once you’re ready to roll, take the dough out and warm it up a little by rolling it around. Make sure to flour your surface, cutout molds, your rolling pin, and dough before rolling them out. Roll the dough to desired thickness and carefully cut and place the dough on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before you decorate any which way you please.

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