12 Days of Holiday Cookies: Holiday Spice Cut-Out Cookies


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Cut-out cookies complete the holiday cookie platter. The smell of these spice cut-out cookies baking evokes the holiday spirit. They are easy to roll out, especially if you chill the dough for about 30 minutes. The cookies can be served plain, but a little decoration with icing gel or your favorite cookie icing gives them a more festive look.

I have included an easy decorator's icing that works well. You can control the amount of sugar used in the icing by making it rather thin and then "painting" the cookies rather than spreading it on thickly. The size of the cutters used will affect the nutritional information as well as the yield, but the calculations are based on about a 2 inch round cutter.

This recipe was created by Patricia Huller C.C.E., M.Ed., a culinary instructor and healthy baking expert from Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute, especially for SparkRecipes.

1 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter baking blend
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
2 teaspoon ginger, ground
1 teaspoon allspice
3 cups whole wheat flour

Creamy Decorator's Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
Few drops of food coloring, as desired

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 66.9
Fat: 3.1 g
Find the full nutrition info here.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Beat the butter blend using a mixer until softened. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Add molasses and orange juice and blend. Mix the flour with the spices and then add to wet mixture. Stir until dough is formed.

You may roll out dough at this point, but the whole wheat flour will absorb the liquid from the orange juice and blend the flavors better if let to chill for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough in half and roll one half to 1/8 inch thickness. Flour the cutter and cut out the cookies. Place on cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or use silicone baking sheet liners. These will not spread much so they can be placed about 1/2 inch apart.

In order to assure a more evenly baked cookie, place one cookie sheet on the upper third of the oven rack and the other cookie sheet on the lower third oven rack. Bake for 5 minutes and then shift positions, and turn cookie sheets front to back. Bake another 5 minutes. Cool on rack. Be sure to cool completely before decorating.

Yields 5 dozen 2-inch cut-out cookies

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    Thankx so much for this!
    http://www.smoke-cigs.com / - 12/21/2010   10:46:39 AM
    i like these cookies but i had trouble printing the recipes thank you. - 12/19/2010   12:21:48 AM
  • 18
    I just love all cookies. Especially Christmas ones. Thanks for the recipe. - 12/13/2010   4:50:41 PM
  • 17
    Prefer to roll & cut, but usually, time only permits drop. - 12/13/2010   3:22:19 AM
  • 16
    Drop - 12/12/2010   7:05:52 PM
    Drop cookies are easier, but rollouts are special for holidays--so much fun to have grandchildren help! - 12/12/2010   4:00:02 PM
    All of your recipes will make for good Christmas presents. I couldn't do any baking this year but will do so next year. Thanks !! - 12/12/2010   1:01:09 PM
  • BHENSON123
    Drop or sliced cookie dough that will keep in the refrigerator is the best. That way you can slice or scoop out a single portion. Decreases my risk of nibbling my way through a stack of Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies without even thinking about it. ;-) Maybe revealed a little too much? - 12/12/2010   11:38:05 AM
    Drop cookies -- easier to make in less time -- just spoon them onto a cookie sheet. - 12/11/2010   11:07:16 PM
  • 11
    Cut out cookies!!!
    Just finished baking a huge batch of gingerbread men with my tot!!!
    - 12/11/2010   3:02:20 PM
  • 10
    I have to choose ??? decisions... decisions... decisions... dropped. - 12/11/2010   2:49:29 PM
    if we are voteing my vote is for dropped cookies . - 12/11/2010   1:28:53 PM
  • 8
    I think that drop cookies are wonderful, but it has been so long since I have made roll out cookies that I think I will make these today! - 12/11/2010   12:05:35 PM
  • 7
    If I'm eating them, any kind of cookie will do! ;)

    To bake, I think drop cookies are easier. - 12/11/2010   11:47:46 AM
    I like drop cookies better. Easier and faster. Less clean up! - 12/11/2010   9:52:42 AM
  • 5
    I have better luck with drop cookies. I use a little melon baller and hardly ever have to touch the dough......which helps tremendously with taking bites of raw dough. - 12/11/2010   8:30:09 AM
  • 4
    I prefer making drop cookies to roll-out ones. - 12/11/2010   8:28:33 AM
  • 3
    We have always 'painted' our Christmas cookies. I would buy a pack of inexpensive kid's paintbrushes in the art section (about 10/pack). Mix up a whole array of frosting colors (the frosting is very thin and almost runny). Turn on the Christmas Carols...and the kids would decorate for hours. It is such a tradition that my daughter would bring her roommates home from college for this - favorite memory - one of the girls was Jewish and I think she had the best time of anyone...ever - she still talks about it (I found Menorrah's, Dradel's and Star of David's for her)! As my daughter got older, and therefore, more adept at the 'painting', she would give them as gifts b/c they looked like they came from a dept. store... Every year I would try to find a new cookie cutter to put in her stocking... She's now married w/ a 2 1/2 year old...the tradition continues, although I think he eats more cookies than he paints :). I just relived a 25 years worth of memories writing this - thank you so much :) - 12/11/2010   8:04:50 AM
  • 2
    I agree getting potassium levels up and keep calories down is a great challenge, I will have to see how I can include molasses in other things.
    Will try these cookes next weekend when I do my Christmas baking.
    - 12/11/2010   6:32:11 AM
  • 1
    I have a very hard time with my potassium level, this is a real help with the molasses. Thanks! - 12/11/2010   5:39:28 AM

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