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

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This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats}. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies 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 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


German Cut-Out Cookies
a goodLife {eats} 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.

cutouts decorated


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.

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  1. Jenna says

    i had so much fun having a little christmas in the house this week. thanks for spreading joy this way!

  2. Thanks for the frosting recipe! Decorating cookies is an important part of our holiday prep, but my butter cream frosting is a little too soft to achieve the desired effect.

  3. Cardamom says

    I just don't have the time to put together a post about this, but our "must have" is homemade egg nog. I use the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and usually quadruple it. We grate fresh nutmeg on top. The children love this and it doubles as a quick breakfast as well!

  4. The Real Me! says

    I love decorating cookies! My 4 year old thinks it's a race though and tries to do as many as he can in under 1 min. LOL.
    I accidentally put the wrong title in #8 so you can delete that one because I'm also #9! LOL
    Still early.

  5. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free says

    Mmm..those cookies look good! I can't wait to try them.

    Our Christmas food starts out with an entire table of hor d'ouevres. We usually stick to the same ones, but occassionally like to add a new one into the mix. It is nice to peak in and see others traditions. 🙂

  6. Bugaboo says

    Bummer! I'm #17 and since I'm new, I didn't know to put the recipe name next to mine so all it says is Bugaboo and nothing about my awesome recipe. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks! Can't wait to read all the other contributions!

  7. Every month I try to explore a new country of food and this month I’m doing German food! This recipe would be perfect! I call my Friday “Taste the World” as we make our way around! You should come by and link up this recipe in a comment and I’ll add it to the running total for people to see other German recipes. 🙂

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