Cut and Bake Cookies
Grab the kids! They can help pick out cookie cutters. The ideal size is between 2 and 3 inches in diameter, but it’s Christmas and the options are limitless. Snowmen, trees and jingle bells, oh my! If you don’t have Christmas-specific cutters, that’s okay too. Stars are very festive and you can even make a round cookie look like an ornament or Christmas bulb when it gets time to decorate.
Metal cutters, whether stainless steel or copper, tend to hold their shape a little better than their plastic counterparts. Ones with plastic grips or other features are really more about durability than anything else. Whatever cookie cutters you select, just try to bake similar-size shapes on one cookie sheet so they are evenly cooked. If the dough is still sticky, dip your cookie cutter into some more flour before you make your cutout, and wiggle a bit before lifting to release the dough.
Now, when kids are helping this can be hard, but try to cut as close to the edges and to other cookies as possible. This reduces the amount of work you’ll have to do gathering scraps and re-rolling, and the amount of flour you add into the dough. The less flour you need to mix in, the softer your final cookie will be.