Cut-Out Butter Cookies
45 min
02 hrs 15 min


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add milk, egg and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with assorted 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 5-7 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.

  4. STEP 4

    Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Tip #1

Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Bake as directed above. 2 1/2 dozen.


4Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
45Sodium (mg)
10Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  December 06, 2017

I have used this recipe for years! everyone always request these at Christmas time!

— says Jeanie

I don't always add 3 full cups of flour, I usually take the last 1/2 cup and add it slowly as you do not want them too dry.

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  February 28, 2017

I made this recipe to use for a baby shower cookie assortment and the cookies were perfect! Great texture, easy to cut out and did not spread out while baking. I added a touch of almond flavor to the batter. This will be my go-to recipe from now on.

— says Joanna
  November 17, 2015

Is it unsalted or salted butter for this recipe and for the sugar cookie recipe?

— says helen
Test Kitchen Comment November 17, 2015

Hi Helen, you can use either salted or unsalted in this recipe. Happy baking!

— says mallory
  April 21, 2015

I chilled the dough and it was great! Rolled out perfect. I add a splash of Watkins lemon or almond flavoring to the recipe, since these are favorite flavors in our house. Perfect cookies every time! My grandchildren & great-grandchildren will have no problem cutting out Christmas cookies with this recipe.

— says Carol
  December 19, 2014

Mine seemed to be initially biscuit or cracker like but seemed to soften a bit afterward and when they were iced, and I was actually a little sorry that I didn't leave them in the oven another minute or so longer. But having issues is nothing new to these type of cookies.

— says Blaine
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