Get Creative Cut-Out Cookies


Preparation info

  • Makes

    30 to 40

    cookies, depending on the size of cutters you use
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      25 min

Appears in

Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen

Madhouse Cookbook

By Jo Pratt

Published 2013

  • About

When it’s raining and you need something to do to keep the kids occupied, making and decorating these cookies is perfect. They are also great if you need a present for a holiday like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or for a birthday, because they can be any shape, such a heart, and decorated accordingly, perhaps with more hearts … and a few kisses.


  • ½ cup butter, soft
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups self-rising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch salt
  • any frostings or decorations you like


    1. Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg, golden syrup and vanilla extract, then mix in the flour, baking powder and salt to make a smooth dough. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Put the dough in the refrigerator about 1 hour to become firm.
    2. Heat the oven to 350°F and line one or two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    3. Dust the countertop and a rolling pin with flour, then roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out whatever shapes you like and put them on the prepared cookie sheet(s). The cookies can sit relatively close to each other, because they don’t spread much during baking. If you wanted to pierce a hole in the cookies to thread ribbon through after they bake, do this now, using the tip of a skewer. Reroll the trimmings to get as many cookies as possible.
    4. Bake the cookies 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Leave them to cool on the cookie sheets.
    5. Once cool, the biscuits can be left plain or decorated with any frostings or decorations you like. (Undecorated cookies are best stored in an airtight container.)