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Cutout Cookie Dough

Use our clever no-frosting technique for christmas cookies that will surprise and delight everyone on your list.

Photography: Johnny Miller


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Green, red, and yellow food coloring


  1. Step 1

    Whisk together flour and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, 4 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Tint dough by mixing in food coloring: For trees, tint two-thirds the dough green; tint some of remaining dough red and some yellow; leave some plain. Divide green dough into 2 disks. Individually wrap all dough in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 3 days).

Everyday Food, December 2012

Reviews (3)

  • 24 Mar, 2013

    I which there would have been more detail on how the decoration on the tree were created like it was explained on the Today Show. But I love this idea!

  • 25 Dec, 2012

    Nice recipe of delicious cookies. Really look like a Christmas tree.

  • 18 Dec, 2012

    Followed directions exactly. Cookies were very pretty but ROCK HARD! Putting them in a tin did not help. I believe that working the dough to get the vibrant color made the dough very tough. Only use would be as ornaments. Very disappointing results for the effort.