The Ultimate Baker’s Dozen & Clothespin Cookies

Welcome to the Baker’s Dozen Ultimate Cookie Exchange! Today I’ve united with twelve other incredible food bloggers to bring you a holiday cookie celebration so big, it’s being monitored by the North Pole. To see all of the participating bloggers, and to learn more about the valuable giveaways, please visit the Baker’s Dozen home site at

Now for my cookie…

I love the winter months…I am a big fan of snow, decorated trees and cookies. Baking during the holidays is filled with all different varieties of cookies. It’s the time of year to share and savor your favorite goodies with friends and family. It’s also the time to build memories and traditions that will last a lifetime.

When I was invited to participate in The Ultimate Baker’s Dozen, I knew that I wanted to provide you with a cookie that was delicious, but also steeped in tradition.

It is my hope that you will take this recipe, prepare it with someone dear to you and then share the cookies with the special people in your lives. This recipe takes a little time and patience, but it’s a great way to spend some much needed quality time in the kitchen with friends and family.

I chose to make “Clothespin Cookies” because these are the cookies that I look forward to every year when visiting my dad and step-mom for the holidays. My step-mom orders these every year from a friend and let me tell you, I eat A LOT of them! These are essentially strips of pastry dough made into a tube shape and filled with buttercream frosting.

Although I was unable to get the recipe that my step-mom’s friend uses, I did get my hands on an amazing recipe from The Funny Farm Bakery in Wakeman, Ohio. The owners of the bakery happen to be friends with my mom and they graciously provided me with their recipe and it worked out beautifully! I chose to fill these with my go to recipe for buttercream frosting and the end result was a delicious and truly addictive holiday cookie.

A tidbit of history for you… “Clothespin Cookies” got their name because they were originally formed on round clothespins. You can purchase metal forms like these, but I chose to go old school and use clothespins that I purchased from Michael’s.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Please take some time to check out the other fabulous bloggers participating in this event! Have a delectable day and thanks so much for visiting!

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Clothespin Cookies

Yield: more than 80 cookies


For the Dough

1 pound of margarine
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons Crisco
1 tablespoon sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp Butter Flavoring
4 1/2 cups flour

For the Buttercream Filling

1 stick salted butter - room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter - room temperature
1 cup shortening
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
2 pounds confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, 10x)
6-8 tablespoons very cold milk


For the Dough

1. Place margarine, Crisco, sugar, egg yolks, butter flavoring and flour into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well combined. Slowly mix in the water until fully incorporated and dough forms a ball in the bowl of your processor.

2. Remove the dough from the processor and place into the freezer for 45 minutes.

3. Cut dough into fourths. Wrap each quarter in plastic wrap. Chill.

4. Take out one quarter at a time and allow to stand at room temperature long enough that it softens enough that the dough can be rolled.

5. Roll dough out on floured pastry sheet/ board about 1/8 inch thick (or as thin as you can get it). Cut dough into 3/4 inch wide by 3 inch long strips. Wrap around clothes pins or metal forms.

6. Bake (seam side down) at 375 degrees F (200 degrees C) for approximately 9-10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned. Slide off forms while still very warm and then cool completely.

For the Buttercream Filling

1. Cream the butter and shortening in the bowl of an electric or stand mixer. Add the clear vanilla extract and butter flavoring and combine well.

2. Begin adding in the sugar and mixing thoroughly after each addition.

3. After all of the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly, begin adding the very cold milk… one tablespoon at a time, combining very well after each addition (mixer on medium-high to high speed) until you reach the desired consistency.

4. Fill cooled pastry tubes with filling using a pastry bag and sprinkle the cookies with confectioners' sugar before serving.

- from The Funny Farm Bakery


133 Responses to “The Ultimate Baker’s Dozen & Clothespin Cookies”

  1. Suzy Q — December 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm


    Your cookies sound intriguing…hope I have the patience to see these through.


  2. Deborah W — December 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Snickerdoodles, definitely! LOVE these cookies; made them a lot when I was growing up and they always remind me of my childhood!



  3. Brenda — December 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    All the cookies look good, but my favorite would be the snickerdoodle and the cowboy cookies in August for my birthday. Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!


  4. Patricia P. — December 11, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    The cranberry white chocolate sound wonderful. I would love to try the clothespin cookies. They look delicious!


  5. Nicola — December 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Your cookies sound a lot like the lady fingers my room mate used to make!
    The cranberry white chocolate cookies look just sweet enough; like the cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks without the toothache afterward!


  6. skeptical — December 12, 2009 at 9:36 am

    The Super Chocolate Chunk cookie looks great!


  7. Erin — December 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I'd love the peanut butter chocolate chip!!! MMMMM!!!


  8. Shannah — December 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    The deep dish butterscotch blondies look sooooo good.


  9. Genevieve P — December 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I'd love the gingerspice cookies. Ginger and molasses are so great!


  10. Simple Simon — December 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Hands down, the Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies would be my favorite. I recently baked them and will have them on my blog soon.


  11. lauramil — December 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    ginger spice sounds super yummy in mah tummyyy


  12. Mormishmom — December 12, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    What a fun blog! I'm glad I found you. I think the snickerdoodles look tasty!

    mormishmom at gmail dot com


  13. CortGirl — December 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Cranberry white chocolate is my weakness! The flavors go together so amazingly :-) I think I'll have to place an order soon!


  14. Jennifer — December 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Super Chocolate Chunk. What? I like chocolate!



  15. Eryberry — December 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Walnut Choc. Chip is def. my favorite.


  16. Owen's Mom — December 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

    They should warn readers to eat before viewing their blog… or maybe not.

    They all looked so good, but the White Chocolate Chunk Pecan would be the biggest hit at my house. Thank you for your great contest!
    andrea.kruse at gmail dot com


  17. edreyes7174 — December 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Julie my favorite cookies at Country Cupboard Cookies are the Homemade Christmas Sugar Cookies frosted in buttercream! They look so good! Thanks for the great posts. I love your site!!!


  18. Topher — December 13, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Tough call but I'd have to say my favorite are still snickerdoodles


    zekks at yahoo dot com



  19. Ghadah — December 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Super Chocolate Chunk

    And, your clothespin cookies look yummy!


  20. Sarah — December 13, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Toffee chocolate chip!


  21. RachelJ — December 13, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    White Chocolate Chunk Pecan. Love your Closepin Cookies recipe—definitely on my must-try list.

    mom0js (at) yahoo (dot) com


  22. brokenglass — December 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    mmmm creamy peanut butter for sure


  23. Jennifer — December 13, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    They all look so good! I think the Gingerspice looks best to me right now, though.


  24. ellipsis_abuser — December 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm


    and btw I love your blog design!


  25. Karen — December 14, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Definitely the Cranbery White Chocolate ones! They look so good! It was a tough decision between that one and the Snickerdoodles =D


  26. bookworm0709 — December 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    My favorite is the Super Chocolate Chunk.


  27. Katie — December 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip!! But I just got done making PeanutButter Cupcakes, so maybe I still have PB on the brain! :)


  28. kimmie — December 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Wow all of them look amazing. I would love to try the double chocolate fudge :)


  29. lcwhitty — December 15, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    who could choose?! Classic Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip and Super Chocolate Chunk look like the way to go for now…until later, that is! YUM!


  30. Miriam — January 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I love to make clothespin cookies every Christmas. We eat them so fast that I actually make 4-5 extra batches, freeze the cookies, and just make the filling as we need more. It is my most asked for cookie, but it takes a lot of patience to make….but I am well rewarded with the outcome and full stomach. Everyone should try them, as they are by the far the more amazing cookie.


  31. Gionni — December 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I made these cookies last night and my husband said on a scale from 1 to 10 these are an 11! He said they might even be his new favorite, which has been unbeatable from my chocolate chip for years. Thank you for the recipe!


    • MBA — December 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and providing your feedback – have a great day!

  32. Jonathan — May 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hello, im new to your website and all your recipes caught my eye! However when I was looking at this i was unsure of what you need for the buttercream filling? Do you use both 1 stick of unsalted and salted butters?


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