Roll and Cut Cookies

Total Time:
35 min
25 min
10 min

4 dozen cookies (standard size


Combine butter and sugar. Do not take this mixture to a "light cream." Think "incorporate" ? not "cream." Just make sure the mixture is smooth ? no butter lumps.

In a small bowl mix egg, milk/cream, and extracts. Add this mixture all at once to the butter and sugar. Mix just until the egg is broken. The mixture will "curdle" but that's not a problem.

In another small bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Add these dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients in the mixing bowl. Process to form dough.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. It's just that simple! The beauty of this dough is that it does not need to chill before using it. Simply flour a work surface. Knead the dough a few times to smooth it out and with a rolling pin, roll dough. Cut into desired shapes. The dough scraps can be used several times. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Nore: This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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    Best cut-out cookies I've ever had, and everyone else who tried them agreed. The almond extract is really what does it.
    Fantastic. They keep there shape and are yummy. I won't need another recipe for roll out sugar cookies. I baked at 10 min and they were perfect. A MUST TRY!
    This recipe makes cookies that are good, but not great. I personally do not care for the flavor that the almond extract imparts. Next time I will use all vanilla and see how they come out.
    Like "Laura", I had to bake them a little longer than the recipe called for but that wasn't a problem.
    They do hold their shape very well.
    These cookies were easy to make and everyone wanted the recipe. They tasted great, were easy to roll out and kept their shape during baking. You won't need another recipe.
    I use coconut oil in place of butter in my baking, and I also substituted a cup of whole wheat flour for one of the six all-purpose ones. Woof, these cookies are fabulous!! I used Alton's recipe for royal icing; these very yummy, both plain and iced.
    I will never use another cookie dough recipe again. These taste delicious and are very easy to make. The dough freezes well, and I have cut the recipe in half with no problem since this makes a huge batch of dough. I have to bake them longer than the recipe calls for (usally 18 min at 325 degrees for large cookies, 14 for small), but that is the only change to the recipe I'd recommend. Try this one if you haven't yet.
    Divine, reliable, and easy. The cookies roll well. You don't have to chill the dough. They handle easily. They aren't fragile. The hold shapes well. They taste good. They look good. Easy to mix. I wish I'd had these years ago. This is so easy, you can have your kids help you and not have them get frustrated when the dough is too soft to handle. Its still a lot of work, but without as many disappointments. This is the perfect sugar cookie recipe! Try it!
    incredibly quick and simple and really delicious, with or without icing. Perfect for when you want something sweet but not overwhelming
    Delicious cookies, and easy to do. Everyone loved them.
    This cookie dough is so easy to work with and delicious!!! The cookies hold their shape perfectly!!!
    this recipe is perfect for those of us who lack patience, time or fail to plan in advance. The dough is versatile and easily reworked and the cookies came out perfectly although they required slightly longer cooking times in my oven.
    This cookies is the awesomeness cookie I've ever baked. It is easy to mix, and it holds true to its name, roll and cut. Its good to the last crumb plain or with icing
    These cookies were great with and without royal icing. They were also very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.
    well let me start by saying I saw all the review frist and listen to what some where saying about adding things to it . So like any cook took the other cooks advice and made it my own. I added the vanilla and almond extact. Added dash nutmeg. The cookies where great cut out with easy and came out just right( Soft,but can hold up and not crumble, not to sweet,presentation was the best made them for mother day made heart cut out with real ribbon and royal Icing.I give this cookie a (5) happy cookie making :)
    Every since I saw the episode a couple of years ago, I have always used this recipe. I have always had great results. The cookie looks and tastes great. Today I thought I would be lazy and get a commercial brand ready made dough. My kids had a fit, they wanted to make them from scratch (this recipe). The cookies did not hold shape. Long story short I will not be buying those commercial doughs anymore. I will always use this recipe. The cookies alway turn out right.
    This is the best recipe ever. I have made decorated cookies for years and have tried every recipe possible.
    I wish I would have had this recipe years ago, it not only holds up good it tast great. All the people who have received one of my cookies prefer this cookie. I am also able to make more cookies in a shorter time since ther is no refrigerator time. GREAT
    The ease of handling the dough is amazing,since it does not need refigeration it is so fast! And it tastes very good! Even my 3 year old grandson can work with it sucessfully. Have never had a roll out dough work so well. How generous of the professional cook to share her recipe!
    this recipe scores a perfect 10. directions were accurate and easy to follow. whole milk worked just fine. one could substitute the almond extract for lemon or anise very easily. it's great not having to refrigerate the dough and being able to handle it without toughening.
    the best cookie I have ever made! this is easy to make. I have a large family and this makes enough for me to freeze half for later use. I make for all my childrens school functions. I add extra goodies sometimes like m&ms. My family and I love this recipe. I really like not refrigerating the dough.
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