The Best Cutout Cookie Recipe


There are ghosts flying around my kitchen.

Mama's High Strung- Best Cutout Cooke Recipe

Halloween starts the deluge of sweet treats and eats in my home,* and I’ve finally come up with the best cutout cookie recipe ever! These are so buttery and delicious, I know this will become my go-to cookie recipe for the holidays. The secret is to use superfine sugar!

Since I was making the cookies from scratch, I turned to Wilton to help me make everything else easier.

I’ve always struggled to get the thickness of these cookies just right, so I really liked using the Rolling Pin Guide Rings. You slip the rings on  either end of the Rolling Pin and roll out the dough to a perfect ⅛-inch thickness.

I used the Royal Icing Mix to give the cookies a smooth, glossy finish. This is such an easy way to make your cookies look like they came from a fancy-do bakery! The finishing touch? The fun Candy Eyeballs and Black Icing Color I used for the mouth. I ordered these items on line, but you can also find them at Michael’s and other craft stores.

So, go ahead and let the ghosts fly in your kitchen! Don’t forget to print or bookmark this cookie recipe… you’re going to love it for all of your holiday cut-out cookies!

*That’s actually a lie. There are always sweet treats and eats in my home because I have a wicked sweet tooth. 

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The ginger and the pumpkin pie spice balance the sweetness of the muffins without overpowering the pumpkin flavor. So easy to make. So delicious.

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Plated + Served: On The Fourth Day of Christmas…


My true love had a bunch of returns to make at the mall, so I decided to spread the holiday spirit and bake Calling Birds Cookies (or Colly Birds if you want to get technical).

The twins next door are ill and can’t play in the newly fallen snow, so I made them each a little “care package” of Four Calling Birds Cookies and threw in some frosting and sprinkles for decorating.

Confession: I used a package mix.

Mama tries to make the week between Christmas and New Years as simple as possible. And baking these cookies was pretty simple.

I mean, after all, I’ve gotta rest up for New Year’s Eve!



I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: