Creative Cutout Cookie Recipes

We show you dazzling ways to dress up classic sugar and butter cookies.


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Santa Cutouts
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Santa Cutouts

    These Santa cookie cutouts are the perfect canvas for creativity. In this recipe, we give you lots of fun ideas, from the triangle-shape cookies shown here to diamond-, star-, and half-moon Santas.

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

    The holidays aren't complete without a classic sugar cookie cutout. Add a signature twist with your own unique decorating ideas, or try our simple-to-make frosting with a sprinkling of coarse sugar.

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Gingerbread Cutouts

    Decorate these gingerbread people with our easy sugar icing, or keep them plain and classic.

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Christmas Tree Butter Cookies

    Decorated with easy-to-make powdered sugar icing and sprinkles, these gorgeous cutout cookies make delightful dinner party desserts.

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Pistachio Cookie Trees

    With this recipe, you end up with two entirely different treats: sandwiches and bite-size cutouts.

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Chai Spice Girls

    Move over gingerbread boys -- make room for sugar and spice and all things nice. Just two bags of chai tea plus two teaspoons each of pumpkin pie spice and molasses flavor is all it takes to spice up these holiday cookie cutouts.

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Chocolate 'Smores

    These chocolaty cutouts feature a gooey marshmallow filling. Coarse sugar adds a festive touch.

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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

    Festive and pretty, these buttery Christmas cookies make perfect treats.

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Sandwich Stars

    To create the ultimate cookie sandwich, stack four cutouts at different angles. Festive brown-butter filling (tinted red or green) keeps the stars in place.

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Sparkle Trees

    To create these festive Christmas trees, dress up simple cutouts with powdered sugar icing (colored green) and a candied cherry.

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Cinnamon Wreaths

    Jazz up simple wreath cookies with creamy white chocolate frosting tinted green and red and green chocolate pieces.

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Sugar Cookie Mittens

    These festive treats are fun and easy to make. Just dip your cookie cutter in flour between each pressing so the dough cuts with smooth edges.

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Two-Tone Cookie Crinkles

    Top these chocolate-and-vanilla cookies with a rich mocha frosting before pressing them together. For cute mini cookies, bake and frost the cutout centers.

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Glistening Snowflakes

    Dress up these holiday favorites with white- and blue-tinted Royal Icing and, if you wish, a sprinkling of coarse sugar.

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Crystal-Bright Cookies

    Add a little twinkle to these buttery cookies by melting colorful candies into decorative cutouts.

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Lemon Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

    A light lemony frosting complements these cinnamon-spiced star cookies beautifully.

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