Cookie Recipes - Cut-Out Cookies


2/3 cup butter, softened
1 (3-oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup your favorite jam (optional for jam sandwiches)
Frosting (optional, see recipe below)

In bowl of large mixer**, combine butter and cream cheese until creamy (1 to 2 minutes, scraping often with rubber spatula). Add in sugar, egg; beat until well mixed. On low speed, mix in flour, baking soda and salt and mix for another 1 to 2 mins. Split dough in half; shape each half into ball, flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F**. On lightly floured surface, roll first half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with medium-sized cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

OPTIONAL (for jam sandwiches): Before baking, place lightly spread 1/4 tsp jam on each cookie. Then top with another cookie, pressing edges to seal.

Bake 7 - 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute, then remove from baking sheet and cool completely.



2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Food color
Colored sugar or sprinkles

Combine cup butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla in small bowl of mixer. Beat on low, then add enough milk until you reach desired spreading consistency. Add a tint of food color, if desired; frost and decorate cooled cookies.

**NOTE: Adult assistance required when using oven or using sharp kitchen tools.

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