World’s Best Cut-Out Cookies

There’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than with a huge platter of homemade cookies and sweets. Everyone has their favorites, but if you’re a sucker for a good old fashioned cut-out cookie, then this recipe is for you. We are confident enough to boast that this just may be the world’s best cut-out cookie recipe. With cream cheese as the secret ingredient, these cookies will melt in your mouth and give your other holiday goodies a run for their money. So pop on the apron, turn up the holiday tunes, and get baking!

Cut-Out Cookies

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Recipe makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.

  1. Mix cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.
  2. Add flour and salt. Mix well.

  1. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Wrap each portion in wax paper. Chill 1-2 hours in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Roll each portion flat on lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters.

  1. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to lightly brown. Remove and cool on wire racks.

  1. Frost and decorate cooled cookies. They can be frozen or kept at room temperature well-covered.

Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  1. Mix butter and sugar with electric mixer.
  2. Add milk one tablespoon at a time (add more if needed) until you achieve desired frosting consistency.
  3. Add in vanilla.
  4. Divide frosting into separate bowls and add food coloring to bowls.

This recipe is too good to limit it to just Christmas time. Make these cut-out cookies year round. Make hearts for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter eggs for Easter, and ghosts for Halloween. It’s a good thing you can find cookie cutters in essentially any shape and design. If you have a cookie cutter, then you have a reason to make these cookies!

For more homemade holiday treats, check out Holiday Sweets. Now you’re going to want to share your delicious goodies, so go ahead and find out How to Host a Cookie Swap!

Photo Credits: Dani

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Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.

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