Calling Bird Cut-Out Cookies
Almond Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

Calling Bird Cut-Out Cookies

These almond feathered cut-out cookies have a sweet glaze and sprinkling of sugar -- elegant and easy.

1 hr
03 hrs 35 min



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons almond extract


1/4 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons water


Sliced almonds


How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine all cookie ingredients in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir together corn syrup and water in small bowl. Lightly brush corn syrup mixture over cookies. Arrange almonds on cookies to resemble wing and tail feathers.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake 6-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. While warm, brush again with corn syrup mixture; sprinkle with sugar. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3- to 4-inch bird-shaped cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets.

Tip #1

- For traditional cut-out cookies, omit glaze and decorations; decorate as desired with decorator sugars or frosting.

Tip #2

- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper for easier clean up.


5Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
55Sodium (mg)
11Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  January 29, 2018

I have been using this recipe from a small Land O Lakes cookbook collection I bought in the grocery store for many years. I use royal icing to frost them and everyone who tastes them absolutely love them . The combination of the OJ and the almond extract is amazing. I usually refrigerate the dough over night for easier handling.

— says Donna
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  October 27, 2008

My mother had some old cookie cutters & one was a bird. So decided to use different colors for the birds I made. For the eyes I put dry fruit or candy. The icing I used was different colors, like red,blue, yellow & white. They came out real nice.

— says Linda M
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