Our favorite cutout that has a buttery flavor and rolls out perfectly. This is a cookie that stores well in the freezer, and it will ship nicely if you have a special someone that you want to send a special treat to for the holidays. Keep this recipe around as it’s good anytime of the year. Just keep your favorite cookie cutters handy for any holiday of the year.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup extra fine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a large stand mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. While the mixer is running on low speed, gradually add the butter, one piece at a time, beating just until mixture is crumbly. Add cream cheese and vanilla extract. Beat just until the dough forms a ball.
  2. Shape dough into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a 1/8-1/2-inch thickness. Dip your cookie cutter into flour before proceeding to cut out your favorite shapes. Place cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Dough scraps can be combined and re-rolled for additional cutouts. Bake 7-9 minutes, or until edges of cookies start to brown. Do NOT overbake. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Now it’s time to decorate them. If you have a favorite recipe for Royal Icing use it. If not, here are two options for you to consider … both of which I like.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp Meringue powder
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, combine powdered sugar and meringue powder. With the mixer running, add water and almond extract. Increase speed to medium high until stiff peaks form, 5-7 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, whip egg whites with the lemon juice until frothy. Gradually add powdered sugar and whip on low until smooth.