Make up a batch of cookie dough using your favorite recipe suitable for cut out cookies and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until firm. If you don't have your own, don't worry I have shared my recipe below :)
Line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper.
Lightly dust a workbench with all purpose flour and using a large wooden rolling pin, roll out the dough* until desired thickness, generally no thicker than around 1/4" (1/2 cm).
*Tip - you don't need to roll out all the cookie dough at once. Cut a piece off around the size of your fist, it will be easier to work with and roll out evenly.
Cut out cookies using the matryoshka cookie cutter and place the unbaked cookies onto the prepared trays.
Pop the trays into the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes. This step helps the cookies to not spread (get too much bigger) while baking.
Bake in an oven which has been preheated to 325 F (160 C) until golden, around 12 - 15 minutes. Carefully remove to a cooling rack.
Vanilla Sugar cut out recipe:
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter (114 grams) softened to room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour (plain flour) sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Using a mixer cream butter and sugar.
Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until dough comes together.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.