BEST Cutout Cookies...

I have always wanted a go-to recipe to use every year as cut out cookies.
I tried a few years back to find one and didn't find the perfect one.
So with my "nesting" for my last week of pregnancy it was a must to find that darn recipe.
I seeked out facebook friends and of course pinterest!
Jordan and I decided that the best cut outs are thick, soft with lots of fluffy icing.
I picked 4 recipes to try and made half a batch of each then compared.
My kitchen looked like a train wreck, seriously.
All of them turned out thick and soft because I rolled the dough thicker and always bake the lowest time, always, that is totally the secret to soft cookies. Never fails.
Jordan tried to bring his baking "expertise" in and tell me they looked under baked when I pulled them out of the oven and they are perfect, they always set up just right, I swear if you take them out later and they look perfect they always harden up, so as long as they are coming off the sheet with a spatula you are good to go! Jordan is the master griller, so he needs to leave the baking up to me!:)
It was enjoyable to try all of them, obviously, says the lady about to give birth in a few days.
But there was ONE winner that has stolen my heart for our new family go to recipe for cut outs.
I found it on pinterest, Cream Cheese cut out cookies!

Here is the recipe as well. Very easy.
1 cup butter
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder

There was something about these ones that just was RIGHT on the money.
I made two frostings, very basic, one cream cheese and one buttercream and didn't fully love either, so in true Allie fashion I made my own mixture with both and it was PERFECT! The cream cheese frosting alone did not taste like what goes on a sugar cookie. It was more for a carrot cake. The buttercream was good but just needed a little something to kick it up a notch!
Cut Out Frosting
3/4 cup butter
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3-4 TBS Heavy Cream
1 tsp Vanilla
3-4 oz cream cheese (varies to what you like)
So there you have it.
This is from my search high and low of the best cut out recipe.
Hopefully you will agree when you make them.
If not check my "Yum Yum" board and see the others I also tried.
Happy Baking Friends....
And in baby baking news....Baby #4 will be here Friday!:):):):):)


  1. I will be praying for you Friday! A friend of mine is also getting induced Friday. Must be the day for babies!!!

  2. how long do you bake them for? and what do you set the oven to? thanks :)