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Christmas Cut Out Cookies

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These easy Christmas cut out cookies are the last sugar cookie cutout recipe you’ll ever need. Made with just 3 ingredients with zero resting time, these buttery shortbread cookies melt in your mouth and will become a new family tradition!

Christmas cut out cookies on a white plate over a red tablecloth

These are the best Christmas cut out cookies, and I promise your whole family will love them!!!

I also would bet money you have the 3 ingredients (optional 4th) in your pantry right this very minute, and you can pull the dough together in 10 minutes flat. 

What do you need to make the easiest Christmas cut out cookies ever?

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Vanilla Extract (optional)
Christmas cut out cookie dough on floured surface with cookie shapes cut out in dough

Easy Christmas Cut Out Cookies

I bake and decorate these Christmas cookies with my niece and nephews every year, and this is the shortbread cookie recipe I always use. I’ve made them at least 10 times over the past few years, and they have never once lost their shape or given me any issues. 

These cookies will go straight from cutting to the baking sheet with no resting time needed which is a huge winner for Mrs. Lazypants right here. 

I also love this recipe because it calls for cutting the dough in half and rolling out one section at a time. I like to roll out one half for icing and then I fold in sprinkles into the dough of the second half because that’s all the decorating cut out Christmas cookies really need! Again…Hi! Lazy pants. I also use metal cookie cutters because they just seem to work so much better for me.

Christmas cut out cookies with sprinkles folded into the dough


I usually make a traditional buttercream for frosting the Christmas cut-out cookies, but over the years it has just gotten to be too sweet. 

I was on the hunt for a super simple sugar cookie icing that didn’t require egg whites or meringue powder or any other ridiculousness. Who has time to go hunting for meringue powder?!? Luckily, this sugar cookie icing is everything it needs to be: simple to make, easy to pipe, and tasty without being too sweet. 

It is made with just 5 simple ingredients (again, stuff you already have in your pantry), and it’s crazy easy to work with. It flows beautifully while piping, adds a beautiful sheen to the shortbread cookies, and hardens perfectly so they can be stacked into containers and given as gifts! 

decorated Christmas cookie cut outs on a white plate with a red napkin and a glass of milk
Easy Cut-Out Shortbread Cookies | Easy Christmas Cookies

Easy Christmas Cut Out Cookies | Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Ministry Meal
Keyword: easy christmas cookies, easy cut out cookies, shortbread cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Amber


Easy Sugar Cookie Icing


To Make the EasyChristmas Cut Out Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Gradually add in flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, until dough pulls together. Divide dough in half. Leave one half of shortbread dough in the bowl and place the other half on a lightly floured surface. 
  • Roll out first portion of dough to 1/4 inch in thickness. Dip cookie cutters in flour, and cut out shortbread cookies into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on a non-greased baking sheet. 
  • Stir in 1/4 cup nonpareil sprinkles to the remaining dough and stir until evenly distributed. Repeat step 3 with the second portion of dough. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove to wire racks and allow to cool completely before icing. 

To Make the Easy Sugar Cookie Icing:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, corn syrup, 2 tbsp milk, and vanilla until well combined and no lumps remain. 
  • Lift up the whisk and see if the icing ribbons down and disappears back into the bowl. Stir in milk 1/2 tbsp at a time if icing appears too thick. If icing seems too thin, add in more powdered sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until desired consistency is reached. 
  • Evenly separate icing into small bowls and add in 1-2 drops gel food coloring until desired color is reached. 
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Shortbread Cookies adapted from Taste of Home

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  • Margo
    December 20, 2018

    Can I use any other kind of milk then whole? Like soy or buttermilk.

    • Amber
      December 20, 2018

      Yes! Any milk should do, although if using a plant based milk I’d start off using a tablespoon at a time just to be safe