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Cut-Out Butter Cookies

Cut-Out Butter Cookies are as pretty as they are yummy. Make the holiday baking season memorable with fun cookie cutters.

Coastal Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
  • Prep time: 1 Hour
  • Chill: 1 Hour
  • Bake: 8 Minutes
  • Cool: 30 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Royal Icing
  • Garnishes: sanding sugar, sprinkles, nonpariels, candy beads


1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar gradually, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

2. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl; beat into butter mixture gradually. Divide dough into 4 pieces, and flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. Roll each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out with 3- or 4-inch cookie cutters. Place on prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around edges. Let cool 3 minutes on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

6. Pipe cookies with Royal Icing; garnish, if desired.


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