My grandma passed away before I really had the chance to develop a relationship with her. I would've loved to have gotten to know her better and for her meet Parker. I also would've loved to learn all of her tips and recipes for the kitchen. My mom always talks about what a wonderful baker she was. Every year since I can remember, I use her cutout cookie recipe and I think of her as I bake them. So I thought I would share it here in case anyone is interested, the cookies are SOOO yummy! I usually make homemade frosting too, but the cookies don't turn out as pretty, but taste WAY better than the ones with the fancy decorating frostings.
Grandma Dilly's Cutout Cookies
2.5 cups of sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter or margarine (I use butter and typically add a little extra)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Sift together flour and salt.
2. Cream the butter and sugar; add egg and vanilla, beat thoroughly - I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment.
3. Stir in sifted dry ingredients.
4. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. I usually just keep the dough in the mixer bowl and cover it for a few hours. You want the dough to be easy to handle and not too sticky otherwise it's a pain!
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
6. Roll out dough, a portion at a time, on a prepared pastry cloth to 1/8 inch thickness (I use a cutting board or parchment paper that is lightly floured. I use a lot of flour on the surface, on the dough and on the rolling pin so it doesn't get sticky. I also make my cookies a little thicker because they are easier to handle.)
7. Use your favorite cutout shapes and then carefully transfer them to a greased baking sheet. (I don't grease mine, I think they are pretreated and theres already so much flour on the bottom of them I don't have a hard time with them sticking.)
8. Bake in a hot oven (400 degrees) until lightly browned on edges - about 7 minutes.
9. Let cool completely, frost/decorate and enjoy!
Grandma Dilly's Homemade Frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1.5 tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Add a dabble of hot water
I usually make 3-4 different bowls of this frosting and add food coloring to make the colors I'd like to use to decorate. This frosting is seriously the best, way better than store bought, it's just kinda thicker and isn't as pretty.
I took some close up shots to show how I decorated these. :) I tried to stay consistent with my neutral theme and go with an all white, gold and silver decorating theme. I've linked my pans and favorite decorating goodies at the bottom of the post.
The finished cookie is the one below - middle left - I just added three little prongs at the end of each tip and then lightly sprinkled white sprinkles on top. Ignore the super burnt color, haha! I was feeding Parker while they were baking and got totally distracted.
The frosting I used came out kinda chunky here, but that's ok! I just covered it in white sprinkles anyway so it didn't look so bad.
First line the cookie (make sure you have a pretty fine tip - I used this sparkle frosting from Target). Then draw a straight line out to each point but leave a little space between the outline frosting and the tips. Then create little V's at the end, when finished, add a pearl decorative ball on each of the points for some dimension.
I then added little V's with a dot above them to the center to give it a more fully decorated look.
For this cookie, I just spread the frosting around and added decorative pearls on each of the tips of the snowflake.
For this polka dot decorated cookie, I added large dots of frosting in each corner, then added two smaller dots in the center and put pearls on those smaller dots. I added sprinkles to the bigger dots for different textures.
For this cookie, I piped the outside, then drew lines to each point and then added the decorative pearls.
If colors are more your thing, I did these little reindeer and candy canes too! I did red and white stripes and then covered them in white sugar sprinkles.
You can shop all of my favorite cookie baking things by clicking on any of the pics below!
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO