A classic cut out cookie recipe is easy to make. Use an assortment of cookie cutter shapes for a fun variety of holiday cookies.
Classic Cut Out Cookie Recipe
This month’s fill the cookie jar theme for January was to make a healthy cookie or something that makes you think of a new start. Well winter is the new start to this year, and yes it’s cold and snowy this time of year so we made mitten cut out cookies and a couple of snowmen. I would have chosen a healthier cookie but since the boys were home from school on holiday they wanted to help and their choice was a sugar cookie again! How could I say no?
Actually, this recipe is not considered a sugar cookie, but it turned out just right and with the icing it’s sweet enough for kids of all ages to enjoy.
This easy classic cut out cookie recipe only took 10 minutes or so to prepare. We had to chill the dough for a while. I usually prefer not to chill dough when baking with the kids as they do become a bit impatient. However, while the dough was chilling I had a plan for us to search cookie images for decorating ideas. This was a great way to have a little more fun while the boys were deciding on their decorations.
Classic Cut Out Cookie Recipe Fills The Cookie Jar
This recipe is adapted from the "Classic Cut-Out Cookies" recipe in Fine Cooking Cookies cookbook. Yields approx. 3 dozen 2 inch cookies. This is a very easy recipe to prepare and requires the dough to be chilled (approx. 1-2 hours).
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cream (or half & half)
I made royal icing for decorating the cookies with different colors using meringue powder, it’s very easy, directions are on the container. I then made a simple sugar glaze for the drizzling and of course we added lots of sparkling sugar. Kids of all ages enjoy cookies with color and glitz, even if I do say so myself.
On the first Thursday of each month the #FillTheCookieJar group share our cookie creations. If you enjoy baking and would like to bake with the group each month contact Cynthia at Feeding Big.