12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 12 – Aunt Olga’s Cut Out Christmas Cookies

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me – Twelve Cut Out Cookies

So, you don’t bake? Well, please roll up your sleeves with your kids and give these no-fail cut out cookies a try this Christmas. Make a few memories and a cookie that everyone will love dipping in cold milk or hot cocoa (with some remaining to leave for Santa).

This is so worth the effort and WAY better than store bought, we promise.

Aunt Olga’s Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups sugar (I use 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup shortening (or unsalted butter)
3 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Several holiday themed cookie cut out shapes (We did Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men, candy canes and snow flakes)
Various Colored Sprinkles that you like, and a small bag of chocolate chips for decorating

Directions:

(This recipe easily doubles, for even more cut out cookie decorating and eating fun).

• Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

• Add in shortening and mix until like cornmeal. (Little hands love to help with this part.)


• Add in unbeaten eggs and vanilla.

• Mix until just combined.

• Transfer to a plate and cover with Cling Wrap so it won’t dry out.
• Refrigerate for at least an hour (will keep overnight if necessary).

• Cut dough into 4 or 5 manageable pieces.
• Roll out one of the pieces on a floured surface. (Keep the remaining dough refrigerated while you work.)

• Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

• Decorate with colored sugars, chocolate chips, etc.


• Bake on for 325 degrees F for 12 minutes until slightly browned on the edges.
• Check the cookies often as they are baking so that they do not get too brown.
• Remove from the oven and gently transfer to a cooling rack, or cool parchment covered counter top surface to cool.

So pretty and super yummy. Enjoy! -Beth

Note: We, as many of you know, live in Florida. As I was rolling these cookies out this year with my girls I found that the dough was getting soft very quickly, and sticking to my counter top, even though I had it adequately floured it. I found that I needed to close the slider door to the pool deck and turn on my AC. Yes, I know it’s December, but it was too warm in the house to roll out the dough and keep it from sticking or falling apart when I moved it from the counter to the cookie sheet. So, lesson learned. Keep the dough cold.

Beth

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Aunt Olga's Cut Out Cookies

So, you don't bake? Well, please roll up your sleeves with your kids and give these no-fail cut out cookies a try this Christmas. Make a few memories and a cookie that everyone will love dipping in cold milk or hot cocoa (with some remaining to leave for Santa).

This is so worth the effort and WAY better than store bought, we promise.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups sugar (I use 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup shortening (or unsalted butter)
3 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Several holiday themed cookie cut out shapes (We did Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men, candy canes and snow flakes)
Various Colored Sprinkles that you like, and a small bag of chocolate chips for decorating

Directions:

(This recipe easily doubles, for even more cut out cookie decorating and eating fun).
• Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
• Add in shortening and mix until like cornmeal. (Little hands love to help with this part.)
• Add in unbeaten eggs and vanilla.
• Mix until just combined.
• Transfer to a plate and cover with Cling Wrap so it won’t dry out.
• Refrigerate for at least an hour (will keep overnight if necessary).
• Cut dough into 4 or 5 manageable pieces.
• Roll out one of the pieces on a floured surface. (Keep the remaining dough refrigerated while you work.)
• Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.
• Decorate with colored sugars, chocolate chips, etc.
• Bake on for 325 degrees F for 12 minutes until slightly browned on the edges.
• Check the cookies often as they are baking so that they do not get too brown.
• Remove from the oven and gently transfer to a cooling rack, or cool parchment covered counter top surface to cool.

So pretty and super yummy. Enjoy!

Note: We, as many of you know, live in Florida. As I was rolling these cookies out this year with my girls I found that the dough was getting soft very quickly, and sticking to my counter top, even though I had it adequately floured it. I found that I needed to close the slider door to the pool deck and turn on my AC. Yes, I know it's December, but it was too warm in the house to roll out the dough and keep it from sticking or falling apart when I moved it from the counter to the cookie sheet. So, lesson learned. Keep the dough cold.

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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2 Responses to “12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 12 – Aunt Olga’s Cut Out Christmas Cookies”

  1. jenn eason — December 23, 2011 @ 2:21 pm (#
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    Hi!! What a fun blog site!! I am really enjoying it!

    I wanted to know ow to get a printable version of the sugar cookie recipe? I don’t want to print the pics-
    THANKS- and Merry Christmas , Jenn

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    • Julia replied: — December 23rd, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      Jenn,
      I just emailed the recipe to you (we do not have printable recipes here yet), but here it is also – Merry Christmas!

      Aunt Olga’s Cut Out Cookies

      Ingredients:
      3 cups flour
      1 tsp baking powder
      1/4 tsp salt
      1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cups sugar (I use 1 1/2 cups)
      1 cup shortening (or unsalted butter)
      3 unbeaten eggs
      1 tsp vanilla

      Several holiday themed cookie cut out shapes (We did Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men, candy canes and snow flakes)
      Various Colored Sprinkles that you like, and a small bag of chocolate chips for decorating

      Directions:
      (This recipe easily doubles, for even more cut out cookie decorating and eating fun).
      • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
      • Add in shortening and mix until like cornmeal. (Little hands love to help with this part.)
      • Add in unbeaten eggs and vanilla.
      • Mix until just combined.
      • Transfer to a plate and cover with Cling Wrap so it won’t dry out.
      • Refrigerate for at least an hour (will keep overnight if necessary).
      • Cut dough into 4 or 5 manageable pieces.
      • Roll out one of the pieces on a floured surface. (Keep the remaining dough refrigerated while you work.)
      • Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.
      • Decorate with colored sugars, chocolate chips, etc.
      • Bake on for 325 degrees F for 12 minutes until slightly browned on the edges.
      • Check the cookies often as they are baking so that they do not get too brown.
      • Remove from the oven and gently transfer to a cooling rack, or cool parchment covered counter top surface to cool.

      Note: We, as many of you know, live in Florida. As I was rolling these cookies out this year with my girls I found that the dough was getting soft very quickly, and sticking to my counter top, even though I had it adequately floured it. I found that I needed to close the slider door to the pool deck and turn on my AC. Yes, I know it’s December, but it was too warm in the house to roll out the dough and keep it from sticking or falling apart when I moved it from the counter to the cookie sheet. So, lesson learned. Keep the dough cold.

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