Holiday Cut-out Cookies

These cookies may look simple but trust us, they are delicious! Pure sweet, vanilla flavor - you’ll have a hard time saving any of these to decorate. Try to resist - your friends and family will thank you.
Photography By Caroline Zhang | November 28, 2016


Combine butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat at low speed until well mixed. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keep remaining dough refrigerated) to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out and place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting. 


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
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