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Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium



Traditional German cutout butter cookies.


  • 3 large eggs

  • 1-1/8 cup butter, softened

  • 1-1/8 cup sugar

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

  • 2-1/4 cups flour

  • 2 tablespoons condensed milk

  • 1 egg yolk (raw)


  • Hard boil* the 3 eggs in boiling water (about 10 minutes) and let cool. Peel the eggs and reserve the yolks. Discard egg whites. Pass the egg yolks through a chinoise or strainer to break up into very fine particles.
  • Beat the yolks with the butter , sugar, and vanilla sugar until creamy. Sift the flour and add to the butter mixture. Mix well.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/8″ thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and place cookies on cookie sheet.
  • Mix the raw egg yolk with the condensed milk and brush the top of each cookie with this mixture.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes or until lightly golden. Yield depends on size of cookie cutters used.




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- Jake from State Farm

I am German and these are German cookies they are very good
- A Baker

This was the worst dough ever to work with it. The flavour of the cookie was good but I will never, ever make this again. The dough is ridiculous.
- A Baker

These are completely delicious! My family loved them very much! We've been making them for three years now! Yum!!
- Beth
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