Old Fashioned Cut Out Cookies

Looking for old fashioned cut out cookies recipes different from those found on most food blogs? Get out your favorite cookie cutters and get ready to make Grandma's deliciously wholesome cookies in a variety of fun shapes!

I'm sure everyone remembers as a kid how enjoyable it was to cut cookie dough into various fancy shapes and then watch the cookies brown in the oven. Finally getting to eat them made the day seem so special.

Old Fashioned Cut Out Cookies Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Little Girl Cutting Out CookiesLittle Girl Having Fun Making Cut Out Cookies
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You will want to keep this assortment of old fashioned cut out cookies recipes handy in your kitchen.

Some homemade cookies are plain, some are fancy, and yet all are just as delicious as if Grandma made them herself. So, shake the flour off your old cookie cutters and let's start baking!

Plain Old Fashioned Cut Out Cookies

One cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 eggs, 3 cups flour. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, flour, and baking powder. Roll very thin, cut, and bake (375°F) till light brown.

Aunt Jo's Favorite Cookies

I'm unsure who Aunt Jo is, but her old fashioned cut out cookies recipe makes delicious homemade cookies!

One cup of butter, one and a half cups of sugar, one-half cup of sour milk, one level teaspoonful of soda, a teaspoonful of grated nutmeg. Flour enough to roll; make quite soft.

Put a tablespoonful of fine sugar on a plate and dip the tops of each as you cut them out. Place on buttered tins and bake in a quick oven (400°F) a light brown.

Eggless Sour Cream Cookies

Two-thirds cup softened butter, 1-1/2 cups sour cream, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon soda, 4 cups flour. Sir butter and sugar together. Add the cream, then the flour in which the salt and soda have been well sifted together. Bake 400°F till done.

Add more flour if necessary. Keep materials all cold while rolling out and cutting, and the cookies will require less flour.

Old Time Buttermilk Cookies

Two eggs, 2 cups dark brown sugar, 2 lumps butter size of an egg, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1 level teaspoon soda, flour to stiffen, pinch of salt.

Don't mix too stiff. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Sprinkle granulated sugar over dough before cutting. Bake in quick oven (400°F).

For a change, brush with milk, and sprinkle with granulated sugar, or stick a large raisin in the center of each cookie.

Grandma's Easy Cookies

Baking Good Cut Out CookiesYou Can Make Good Cookies Your Family Will Love to Eat
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2 eggs, 1 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon soda, flour enough to make dough; roll thin, cut in rounds, and bake quickly (400°F). A walnut placed in the centers goes nicely.

Orange Cookies

1/2 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon grated orange rind, 3 tablespoons orange juice, 1-3/4 cups (scant) pastry flour or 1-1/2 cups hard wheat flour.

Cream butter and sugar well, add the grated yellow rind from a washed orange, the orange juice, and the well-sifted flour. Chill the dough, then roll to 1/6-inch thickness and shape with floured cutter.

Bake in a moderate oven 350°F about 10 minutes. These are quite rich — are crisp and sweet — and have an excellent orange flavor.

Cookies Without Eggs Or Cream

One cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon soda, flavor with nutmeg. Flour to stiffen. Mix, roll and bake (400°F).

Aunt Mary's Easy Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Little Girl Cutting Out Homemade CookiesYour Children Will Have Fun Cutting Out Cookies
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Two cups white sugar, 2 cups butter, 4 well-beaten eggs, 5 cups flour, 2 teaspoonfuls soda, 4 teaspoonfuls cream of tartar, 1 teaspoonful salt, flavor to taste with nutmeg or Ratafia (fortified wine).

Roll not too thin, cut, and sprinkle with white sugar. Bake 10 minutes in a quick oven (400°F).

For a change, press either a raisin or a nutmeat in center of each. A piece of citrus peel could also serve to decorate.

Honey Spice Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3 eggs beaten lightly, 3 tablespoons honey, grated rind of 1/2 lemon, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 egg white, 36 walnut or pecan halves.

Sift flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda; stir in eggs, honey, lemon; knead into dough.

Roll 1/4 inch thick, cut with round 2-1/2 inch cookie cutter, place on greased pan. Beat egg white with fork, brush cookies on pan with egg white and put nut-half in center. Bake 400°F.

Fruit Filled Cookie Tarts

Try this old fashioned cut out cookies recipe for making delicious preserve-filled cookies. Yummy!


(1) 1/2 cups shortening, 1 cup sugar.

(2) 2 eggs beaten, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

(3) 1 tablespoon milk, 2-1/2 cups bread flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 teaspoons baking powder.

Blend 1, add 2, blend in 3. Chill if necessary, then roll out 1/8-inch rounds using 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter.

Put on greased cupcake pans and fill with jam or marmalade. Bake at 375°F until done.

Little Dream Cakes

1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 tablespoon cream into which put a pinch of soda, 2 eggs well beaten, flour to roll.

Roll thin, cut with small cookie cutter, bake quickly at 400°F, and put two together with the following icing between, and a little over top of Dream Cake.

Cookie Icing:

1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 3 tablespoons cream, icing sugar to thicken. —Mrs. W. McDonald

Oatmeal Date Cookies

1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sour milk, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 tablespoon molasses.

For this old fashioned cut out cookies recipe, roll the pastry very thin and cut with small cake cutter. Bake 375°F. When cool, spread with date filling and press two together in jam-jam style.

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