Christmas Cutout Butter Cookies

Saturday, December 18, 2010
This is just a perfect easy tasting butter cookie, and basic recipe you can use anytime of the year .I always make Palm Tree's for living in Florida, of course my NY State State of mind style and the rest of the world's style tree's

Butter Cookies

This is a basic butter cookie dough that works very well for cut outs.

These are not the traditional sugar cookies that get hard, these stay soft.

Our favorite during holiday baking season.

They even taste great unfrosted!

Christmas Cutout Butter Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix all together and refrigerate overnight or for at least one hour. Roll out cut into shapes of your choice and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.


2 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar

food coloring optional

1/4 cup of water

1/3 cup of white Crisco shortening

2 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of dry powdered milk

Beat until smooth, add more water if too stiff, needs to spread easily.

Separate into bowls coordinate food coloring and flavoring in each bowl . Frost cookies let dry for about an hour.


  1. Delicious! Starting my baking this morning...finally!

  2. Lovely lovely cookies! Hope you've done all your X'mas shopping already and stock up everything before X'mas. I've the feeling that the weather going to turn bad to worst. Hope you have a great day. Enjoy & have lots of fun!
    Blessings, Kristy

  3. Love all the cookies but the palm trees are adorable. I remember when I lived in AZ, everyone putting lights on their palms outside, it was so pretty!

  4. How cute to make those little palm trees!!! I tried to make some Christmas cookies but they looked all lumpy and gross. Methinks your recipe would have worked much, much better.

  5. these are lovely sugar cookies and very easy recipe!!!I will try them this afternoon!!!!
    Have a look at my ''kourampiedes"" our almond Christmas cookies here in Greece!!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!!

  6. Great looking cookies and way to go with the palm trees! That would be about the only way to get palm trees here. You are so creative and fun!

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It seems pretty simple. Would you believe that I have never made a home-made butter cookie? I hope I get the gumption to make some with your recipe!
    Best regards,

  8. Cutouts are so much fun and always make the cookie tray look that much better.
    Love your cookies Claudia (and no..I'm not being rude ;) )
    Happy Holiday Baking.

  9. Darling Christmas cutout cookies Claudia! I love holiday baking... :)

  10. Ha ha, loving the tropical flare. My daughter and I made a huge batch of cookies last weekend. I think I am still finding sprinkles everywhere! Yours look delicious.

  11. If I lived in Florida, I'd be merrily cookie cutting palm trees also ;o)

    Thanks for sharing your holiday cheer,
    Flavourful wishes,

  12. Oh no! I haven't made butter cookies yet! Oh no! I don't have a palm tree cutter. But when I do - you know I will decorate them just as you did. Happy sparkling!

  13. Your cookies are so lovely, especially the palm trees.
    My mother-in-law lives in South Carolina and every year she sends us photos of the palm trees with lights on.
    Thanks for sharing these festive recipe.
    Hope you'll have a wonderful week

  14. Okay, I have decided, to just pack my bags and move in with you and your family. You bake and cook the most incredible dishes. Can I be a part of your family!? These cookies are darling.


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