Cut-out Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cut-out Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cut-out Christmas Cookies Recipe

This is another recipe that has been passed down through the family for a few generations. It has a rather unique taste… I absolutely love the taste, but I know that it sometimes has to be acquired. The taste that I’m talking about is anise extract. To me it is Christmas’s most familiar and delightful smell and flavor. One whiff of anise and I immediately think of Christmas. These are great seasonal cookies for anyone… if you’ve never had anise then I will tell you that you’re missing out. If you’re an anise lover, this is your recipe!

Cut-out Christmas Cookies Recipe:

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

4 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

1 pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. anise extract


2 cups. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. anise extract

1 tsp. (1/3 Tbsp.) butter

milk, to desired consistency


1. Beat brown sugar, white sugar, and butter together until smooth. Add vanilla, eggs, anise, and sour cream. Mix. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix cookie dough on medium speed until thoroughly combined.

2.Chill dough for 2-3 hours (optional).

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set out two greased cookie sheets. Roll cookies dough out on lightly floured surface to desired thickness (about 1/8 thick.) Use cookie cut-outs for your desired shapes.

4. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Move cookies immediately to a cool surface and let them cool completely before frosting them.

5. Mix frosting ingredients and decorate cookies with colored sugar (optional) while frosting is still wet.

6. Merry Christmas!!! Santa will want a platter or two.


This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so I usually select a dozen or two that I will frost; the rest I freeze to eat later. When the time comes to serve the frozen cookies, pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw for about 10 minutes before frosting them.


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