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Cut Out Chocolate Cookies


3 hours
Skill Level
36 cookies

Bake these cookies with your kids: Cut out the chocolate cookies to your desired shape and decorate with candy, satiny chocolate glaze, or vanilla glaze.

Ingredients & Directions


  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (1 stick), softened
  • 3/4 cup
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • Satiny Chocolate Glaze
  • 2 Tbsps
    butter or margarine
  • 3 Tbsps
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1 cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Glaze
  • 3 Tbsps
    butter or margarine
  • 2 cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 Tbsps
  • 2 to 4 drops
    food color (optional)


Equipment Needed 
Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Cookie Sheets Cookie Sheets
Refrigerator Refrigerator
Oven Oven
Cookie Cutters Cookie Cutters
Wire Rack Wire Rack
Saucepan Saucepan
Stovetop Stovetop

Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in large bowl until blended. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Cover; refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to roll.


Heat oven to 325°F. On lightly floured board or between 2 pieces of wax paper, roll small portion of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters; place on ungreased cookie sheet.


Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched. lightly. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Satiny Chocolate Glaze or Vanilla Glaze. Garnish as desired.

Satiny Chocolate Glaze: Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat; add cocoa and water, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Do not boil. Remove from heat; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating with whisk until smooth. Add additional water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until glaze is of desired consistency. About 1/2 cup glaze.

Vanilla Glaze: Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Gradually add milk; beat with whisk until smooth. Stir in food color, if desired. About 3/4 cup glaze.

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