Cut-Out Butter Cookies are as pretty as they are yummy. A very simple recipe with all your major pantry ingredients, these cookies are easy and straightforward. Make sure you have enough time to let the dough chill for 1 hour. Make the holiday baking season memorable with fun cookie cutters. Starfish and seashells add a beachy, nautical flair to your holiday celebrations. Use sanding sugar, sprinkles, nonpariels, and candy beads for decorating.

Julia Dowling Rutland
Recipe by Coastal Living December 2013

Gallery

Iain Bagwell; Styling: Linda Hirst

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
chill:
1 hr
bake:
8 mins
cool:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 38 mins
Yield:
Makes 2 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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