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Great Grandmother’s German Cookie Cutouts

Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 1 hr Cook Time: 9 mins Total Time: 1 hr 9 mins
Cooking Temp 325  °F
Servings 36
Best Season Winter

Helen Rita Boehnlein Pfaller, my mother and I used to bake bunches of these up before Christmas. When we were all younger, Mom spread newspapers all across the kitchen table and as a family we sang Christmas Caroles and painted and decorated these cookies for the Christmas holidays. I asked my mother where this recipe came from and she said her grandmother. After I grew up and took an interest in baking from scratch I put back into this recipe, real butter, fresh ground flour, sea salt etc. Simply put more natural ingredients. My mother commented that my cookies tasted just like her grandmothers. So thank you Marie Margarete Weinkauf.

    Dry Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (Pink Sea salt)
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Please no Margarine or butter substitutes)
  • 1 cup Sugar (Use Raw Sugar Organic)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Milk, reconstituted dry (Reconstituted dry is what I use)
  1. Sift or mix dry ingredients, except sugar. Set aside.

  2. Cream Sugar and butter together. Add one egg and flavoring and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add dry ingredients alternating with milk and mixture. Stir only until ingredients are mixed.

  4. Chill dough for one hour in refrigerator.

  5. Roll out small portions of dough at a time on a lightly floured board. Cut with a 2" floured cookie cutter.

  6. Bake on ungreased sheets (or use SilpatĀ® pads) in preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit about 9 minutes.

Keywords: Sugar Cookie Cutouts, Christmas Cookies, Happy Face cookies with candied eyes.
Susan OHara