best ever cutouts

“Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.” —Amelia Earhart

Not many people like to  make cutouts, but everyone loves to eat them!  This recipe is the one I’ve been using for at least 15 years.  It’s good ol’ Betty Crocker, but you can make it yours!   

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 c. butter, softened

1 t. real vanilla

1/2 t. real almond extract (I add a splash more)

1 egg

2 1/2 c. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl.  (I recommend using a stand mixer)  Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Cover and refrigerate at least three hours.

Heat oven  to 375.  Roll dough as thin as desired and cut into festive shapes.  Bake 8 – 10 minutes.  Cool and ice.


Mix powdered sugar,  half and half and almond extract until it’s the consistency of a heavy glaze.   Sorry, I don’t have amounts for this, you’ll have to “be the Betty” on this one until you get the right consistency.

Dip cookies (one side only) and use a knife to remove excess icing.  Add sprinkles if you want.  Let cookies stand (do not stack) overnight to set icing.

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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