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German Cut-Out Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 30, 2009 @ 3:04 am In Christmas,Christmas in July,Desserts,Meal Planning,Recipes,URS | 11 Comments


This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats} [5]. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies [6] as well. I’m looking forward to trying Katie’s recipe sometime soon.

Last December we hosted a fun Christmas activity at our house for our son and his very best friends and their families. Instead of worrying about getting gifts for all his friends, I organized a gift exchange so we would each only have to buy one present, maximum $15. This was a great way for us to extend the Christmas Spirit and share it with others. Our family celebrates Christ’s birth, but also loves the warm feeling of friends and family that the winter holiday brings.

We had a potluck lunch, the kids decorated Christmas cookies, and then the kids had their gift exchange. It was a great, fun time for the kids! I had lots of children’s Christmas books and a Little People Nativity Set [7] for the kid’s entertainment and soft Christmas music in the background.

It’s not Christmas in our house without my husband’s recipe for German Cut-Out Cookies. We love this recipe, and it was a lot of fun to share it with our friends and their children. Kids love helping cut out the cookies and decorating them. To make things simple, my husband made the cookies early that morning so they were all ready when the party started. We had lots of different frosting colors (just dye the recipe below with food coloring), sprinkles, caramel bits, and chocolate chips for decorating fun.


German Cut-Out Cookies
a goodLife {eats} [5] family recipe

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In large mixing bowl cream butter. Beat in sugar until dissolved. Mix in corn syrup, lemon juice, and egg. In another mixing bowl stir together flour and salt. Mix into butter mixture. Chill one hour. Roll 1/3 of dough at a time to 1/8″ thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place cutouts 1″ apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.


Powdered Sugar Glaze

This frosting will harden upon standing, giving cookies a glazed surface ideal for decorating.

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
1 Tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
Food coloring, if desired

In small mixer bowl, combine powdered sugar, water, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency. Color with food coloring, if desired. Frost cookies.

*We put the frosting inside small ziplock bags and snipped a tiny hole in the corner. It made it easy for the kids to frost without making too much mess.

What is a “must-have” recipe at your house during the holidays? Share it with us!

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PS. Don’t forget to sign up for all the great giveaways [13] this week! Today addition includes boxed lunches from Go Picnic.


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