Maple Cutout Cookie Kit

Turn this delicious cookie recipe into a cookie kit. It makes the perfect gift to help count down the days until Christmas.

Maple Cutout Cookies in red and pink Christmas light shapes
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
4 gifts (each with about 1 dozen cookies)


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Maple Frosting


  • 4 6- to 8-inch food-safe gift boxes

  • Desired-color tissue paper

  • Assorted sprinkles, decorative candies, and/or colored sugar

  • Small resealable plastic bags or containers

  • Plastic piping bags

  • Desired-color ribbon


  1. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat in flour. Cover and chill 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a well-floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using 3-inch cookie cutters. cut dough into desired shapes. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Reroll scraps as needed.

  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Remove; cool on wire racks.


  1. Line gift boxes with tissue paper. Arrange one-fourth of the cookies in each box. Divide sprinkles among plastic bags or containers and place in gift box. Divide Maple Frosting among disposable decorating bags; twist open ends and tie with knots or secure with twist ties. (Add a note to snip off the tip of the bags when ready to decorate.) Add frosting bags to each box. If desired, add an inspiration photo for decorating cookies. Close boxes and decorate with ribbon as desired.

Maple Frosting

In a large mixing bowl beat 1 cup shortening, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, and 2 tsp. vanilla with a mixer on medium until fluffy. Gradually beat in 4 cups powdered sugar until combined. If necessary, beat in enough water (1 tsp. at a time) to make frosting of spreading consistency. If desired, tint portions of frosting with gel food coloring.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
9g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 27mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 12.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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