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Cookies & Cream Cutout Cookies

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, cookies and cream, cutout cookies
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 306kcal
Cutout sugar cookies with a delicious twist!
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  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs about 8 whole cookies
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 oz cream cheese 1/4 package
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • green food coloring I used Watkins natural food color


Make the cookies

  • Add chocolate sandwich cookies to a large ziplock type bag and crush (with a rolling pin) until crumbs.  Measure out crumbs, making sure to scrape the inside of the bag as needed to get all the bits.  You do not need to remove the filling from the cookies.
  • Add 3/4 cup crumbs into a large bowl with flour, then add baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add butter (cold, but cut into pieces) and blend until butter is smooth.
  • Add sugar and blend until well combined and fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla and blend until fully incorporated.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour/crumb mixture.
  • Blend until all ingredients are combined and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Remove dough and roll out on a lightly floured work surface, or roll out between two sheets of plastic wrap (and then no flour is needed).
  • Roll to dough to about 3/8" thick. Cutout desired shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat type liner.
  • Chill entire baking sheet of cookies (in the fridge) while you heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake cookies for about 10 minutes, or until the top surface of the cookies not longer looks moist.  Allow to cool a few minutes on the baking sheet, then move to a cooling rack.  Cool completely before frosting.

Prepare frosting

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth.  Add cream cheese and continue to blend until fully smooth.
  • Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and blend.  Add salt and vanilla and continue to blend.
  • Add second cup of powdered sugar and mix until smooth and fluffy.
  • Add food coloring, as desired.
  • Spread frosting onto fully cooled cookies, or add frosting to a piping bag and fill in the cookies with a tight zig-zag pattern (as shown).


The cookies and cream flavor of these cookies is subtle, but delicious!
I decorated these using a #5 tip. Outline first, then fill the cookies in with a tight zig-zag pattern. The icing will firm up just a bit, but it does not dry hard enough to stack the cookies without smashing the icing a bit.
These cookies could be decorated with royal icing instead of the buttercream listed. The decorating options are endless!
If you are cutting out an intricate shape and concerned about the cookies spreading as they bake, place the entire baking sheet of unbaked cutout cookies in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before baking, so the dough is nice and firm.


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg