Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simple but Amazing Shortbread Cutout Cookies


                       Thank you Carol for organizing this fun event again.  I love trying the new recipes each year.

                 Simple Cutout Cookies

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine and set aside

1 cup room temp Butter
¾ Cup powdered sugar
Cream together and add
1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract

Add dry ingredients and mix only until blended.  Over missing will cause toughness.
Divide dough in 1/2 put each half into a zip lock bag and roll flat. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze.  Very easy clean up.

rolled dough
removing top layer of plastic
dough scraps 

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.

Remove dough from refrigerator and gently cut the top of the zippered bag off and remove it.  Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes.   Place on cookie sheets.   I find it challenging to use cutters with small pointed edges but large stars work fine.  Reroll scraps of dough in new zippered bags and chill again.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.  Cool  5 minutes on sheet before removing and cooling completely on rack.

2 cups powdered sugar
3-6 Tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
2 drops food coloring if desired.

Wisk powdered sugar, milk and extract.   If it is to thin you can add more sugar, to think add more milk.  Frost or dip into frosting just enough to cover the surface.  Place on cooling rack or parchment paper.  When cookies are completely dry store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for an extended period.
I like to frost (dip) mine in white frosting and sprinkle sugar crystals on them to add a sparkle.


  1. Love the plastic bag tip for these wonderful cookies. Great idea. Also like the idea for the lemon bars from your previous post.

  2. Those look yummy, thanks for sharing!

  3. Your cookies look delicious, thanks for sharing!

  4. I like how they sparkle. Did you add something extra?

  5. Those stars are so pretty and sparkly! Perfect for this time of year.

  6. Frosted cutouts are a tradition around here. I forgot the almond extract in the frosting once, and everyone noticed.

  7. I can vouch for these! They are delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I'm glad Vickie could vouch for these because they look delicious and I'll be trying them. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Be sure to save me a few to try just in case I don't have time to bake any.

  9. They look pretty tasty! I think my kids would enjoy making these with me.

  10. Thank you for the recipe and Merry Christmas!!

  11. These look so pretty. Thanks for the tips on how to make them!

  12. Thanks for sharing this recipe! We love shortbread so I will definitely be making these!

  13. OM gosh! Love how these are made. What a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

  14. Love how you roll it in the zip lock. Brilliant idea. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Oh, Mmmmmm. These look easy to make, and I love how the frosting shimmers! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  16. So pretty and I bet they are yummy!

  17. Those are so pretty with the frosting shimmering. Thank you for the recipe. Merry Christmas!!

  18. Thank you for the great recipe!

  19. Mmmm... Shortbread is one of my favorites, with a cup of hot tea. Thanks for sharing your recipe, and Merry Christmas!