Mitten Cookies

filed under: Sugar Cookies on November 29, 2017

A fun, festive Christmas cookie! These Basket Weave Mitten Cookies are a soft and crispy sugar cookie perfect for the holidays and your next cookie exchange! I love to make these cookies for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Folks love the flavor and the design!

Mitten Cookies on a Platter

Sugar Cookie Mitten Cookies

Christmas is right around the corner so you know I am in the kitchen baking all the things. I saw these cookies on Pinterest and knew I had to try them!

I used my favorite NO CHILL sugar cookie recipe. This means as soon as you make the dough you can assemble the cookie.

If you aren’t familiar with basket weaving it isn’t as hard as it looks. You cut strips of dough and weave them through each other like lattice, just up and over and repeat. Super simple once you get the hang of it.

Also, have fun with these Basket Weave Mitten Cookies. You can switch up your colors and shapes to suit your needs.

Now, you know that if I can add buttercream to things I do. Decorating the bottom creates a fun a fuzzy mitten effect that not only tastes great but looks irresistible.

Hand Holding Christmas Mitten Cookies

How to Make Mitten Cookies

With this recipe, you do NOT need to chill the dough, so it should roll out very easily.

I found that using a pizza cutter helped to get straight, sharp lines. You can also use a knife and a ruler.

Once you have assembled the lattice design, you can cover the dough with parchment and roll out. This will flatten the lattice pattern a bit as well as fill in any gaps there may be!

I purchased a mitten cookie cutter, but you can also make one! Just get some cardboard or heavy cardstock paper and trace a design you want. Cut it out then use it as a template for your cookies.

These are the cookie that you want on your dessert tray this holiday season. There won’t be any left once you are done, I promise!

Inspired by Land o Lakes

Mitten Sugar Cookies on a Platter

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Mitten Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A fun, festive Christmas cookie! These Basket Weave Mitten Cookies are a soft and crispy sugar cookie perfect for the holidays and your next cookie exchange!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mitten Cookies, sugar cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour
  • Red and green food coloring
  • Buttercream if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Add butter to the bowl of your stand mixer and cream on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, or until butter is smooth and lighter in color.

  3. With the mixer on low slowly add in the sugar, and then the egg. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.

  4. Turn mixer back on low and add in extracts.
  5. Add in the baking powder and flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  6. Separate your dough into two equal sections.
  7. Place one section on a parchment paper lined countertop and add in about 1 tsp red food coloring and knead with your hands until color is incorporated.

  8. Repeat with your other dough and the green food coloring.
  9. Trim edges so you have straight even sides.

  10. Cut your rectangles into 1-inch strips.

  11. Weave your red strips over and under the green strips, creating a basket like appearance. (see video)

  12. Slightly press down with rolling pin to seal together.

  13. Using a 3" mitten cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. You will have extra dough, so press together to create multi-colored cookies which you can use the cookie cutter to cut out as well or just flatten into circles.

  14. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

  15. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely.

  16. Decorate bottoms with buttercream if desired. You can use a #21 or #32 tip and pipe out the fluffy bottom edge.

Photos by Tornadough Alli

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  • Colleen says:

    Can you substitute more vanilla for the almond extract?

    • Amanda says:

      You can omit the almond extract, but it does change the flavor. (not as delicious!)

      • Colleen says:

        Thank you!

  • Kathy says:

    Beautiful Christmas cookies!

  • Maria says:

    Hi, could you post the buttercream recipe, please?

  • Denise says:

    How many cookies does the single recipe make? These are adorable

    • Amanda says:

      About 12

  • ruth says:

    Can you use a substitute forthe egg?

  • Cristine says:

    I followed this recipe and the dough was so dry I had to throw it all away

    • Amanda says:

      If you feel like the cookie dough is too dry, feel free to kneed it more before you roll it out. This dough should come together in the mixer before you roll it out, so that is the best time to determine if any adjustments need to be made. Every house is different, every chef is different, and adjusting recipes to meet our specific conditions is a great option! So if I had encountered a dry dough I would have worked it a bit more in the mixer. Then I would have added the food color as this adds moisture. You can always add more food color! 😉

  • Lynn says:

    adorable! Is that roughly a 4″ mitten cookie cutter that you used?

  • Ashley says:

    Is the butter supposed to be room temp or

  • Gins DeCarlo says:

    Which buttercream recipe do you use for These? I need to bag these and don’t want to smash the buttercream.

  • Carol says:

    I made these the other day. Rolled the dough a little too much, they came out flat. But still cute. I also have the hat and ugly sweater cut outs for a complete set. So cute!!!

  • Kathy McBride says:

    How thick do you rol the dough?

  • Maryann says:

    Love your mitten cookies

  • Bren says:

    Differences in the word:
    Knead dough, when you need something and kneed in the groin!

  • Mary Delacruz says:

    Really enjoy your receipes

  • Maria says:

    Just curious. I see your recipe is identical to land o lakes…just you have double the baking powder. Any reason? What is the difference?

  • Lisa says:

    Here is a Butter Cream Frosting recipe Maria!