Butter Cut Out Cookies - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith


Whether it's Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter, Valentines or for a birthday these are the cookies we love the best.

A good friend and I starting baking these in the early 70's. A mutual friend had shared her grandmothers family recipe with us. We continued baking when our daughters came along and now I bake these for and with my grand kids.

Young or old, you will love these cookies. I promise!

★★★★★ 3 votes
4 to 5 dozen cookies
35 Min
15 Min


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1 lb
butter, room temperature
2 c
6 c
self rising flour
1/4 tsp
salt, optional (self rising flour already has salt in it)
1 tsp
almond extract (or flavoring of your choice)
a few drops of anise oil, optional (i use this in christmas cookies)


1 stick
butter, room temperature
1 box
confectioners' sugar
1 tsp
almond extract (or flavoring of your choice)
3 Tbsp
food colorings of your choice


1 c
powdered sugar
1 plus Tbsp
1 Tbsp
corn syrup
1/4 tsp
almond extract (or flavoring of your choice)
food colorings of your choice
seedless raspberry jam (filling for a sandwich cookie)

How to Make Butter Cut Out Cookies - Dee Dee's


  • 1Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy; add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. NOTE: If making Christmas Cookies add the Anise Oil.
  • 2Stir salt into flour; add to butter and sugar mixture 1 cup at a time. NOTE: This will be a stiff dough.
  • 3Place dough in freezer for 1/2 hour. This will make dough easier to work with.
  • 4Flour the surface you will be working on and flatten dough onto the floured surface; lightly dust top of dough. Roll out and cut into desired shapes.
  • 5Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes. Do not over bake. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to wire rack to finish cooling.
  • 6Directions for Frosting:
    Mix all ingredients together. Spread on cookies.

    NOTE: Add candy sprinkles if you like but keep in mind these cookies are very good with just the frosting.
  • 7Directions for Glaze:
    Place all ingredients, except the food coloring, into a medium sized bowl; whisk to combine. You want a thick syrup. Add more powdered sugar to thicken, and more milk to thin.
  • 8Add the food coloring, stir until well combined.
  • 9Pour the icing into a condiment bottle. Be sure to put the cap on to ensure it doesn't dry out.
  • 10Repeat steps for each additional color.
  • 11To decorate: cover cookie with glaze (your choice of color). For patterns and designs, pipe a different color onto the cookie while it is still wet, or pipe another color on, after it has dried (for 5 minutes). Choose technique depending on the look you perfer.

    NOTE: for a sandwich cookie, spread raspberry jam between cookies before decorating.

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About Butter Cut Out Cookies - Dee Dee's

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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