A Word From The Cook
“Rolled Cookie Cut-Outs are fun to make and eat. These are slightly soft for melt in your mouth deliciousness! Decorate with Royal Icing. One of our classic winter dessert recipes!”
45 minutes + (Chill dough for 1-2 hours)
- 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
- 1 Cup (2 Cubes) Butter
- 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla (or other extract like peppermint or almond)
- Cookie dough can be made a month ahead and kept frozen until ready to use.
- Decorate with Royal Icing
- 3 1/4 Cups powdered sugar
- 2 Egg whites
- Water as needed
- Step 1 – Combine Ingredients
- Using a hand or stand up mixer, beat softened butter until fluffy.
- Add sugar and continue to beat until fluffy and well combined.
- Add eggs one at time, beating after each addition.
- Add extract.
- Add dry ingredients slowly until crumbs form and dough begins to stick to itself. A ball will begin to form.
- Step 2 – Chill Dough
- Turn out dough and crumbs onto a sheet of plastic wrap.
- Wrap the dough, using your hands to shape the dough into a disk – about 1/2 inch thick.
- Chill dough for at least one hour.
- Step 3 – Roll, Bake and Decorate
- Cover rolling surface with flour.
- Using 1/2 of dough ball at a time, roll dough with a floured rolling pin working from center of dough.
- Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick.
- To avoid sticking turn dough over and sprinkle with more flour as you roll it out.
- Sprinkle with colorful sugar, or bake plain and decorate when cooled with your favorite icing or glaze.
- Cut out dough using your favorite forms and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.
- Don’t let cookies brown, or they will be crisp. (They will still be tasty – but you won’t get the soft cookie texture if they are browned.)
- For Royal Icing
- Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat powdered sugar and egg whites until white and thick, and tripled in volume (about 5 minutes). Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until icing no longer holds a peak. Divide icing into smaller bowls and color with food coloring.
- Decorate and enjoy!
- Baked, undecorated cookies can be frozen (wrapped tightly) for 2 weeks. Thaw before decorating.