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Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Unleash the baking maestro in you with our step-by-step guide on crafting delectable homemade sugar cookies, perfect for any festive occasion or upcoming party. Bid farewell to store-bought sugar cookies as we equip you with the essential tools and share invaluable tips to make your baking experience a sweet success.

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Sugar Cookie Recipe for Delightful Moments: Prep in Just 20 Mins!

Prep Time: 20 mins 

Servings: 3 Dozen


  • 1 cup (226g) Softened Butter (2 Sticks)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 3 ¼ cups (406g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Optional: Royal Icing
  • Optional: Colored Sugar Sprinkles

Sugar Cookie Dough Cut Outs

Why these Ingredients?

  1. Butter (226g): The heart of richness, providing a luxurious flavor and contributing to the cookies’ tender texture.
  2. Granulated Sugar (1 cup): Sweetness is the soul of sugar cookies, creating a balanced and delightful taste.
  3. Egg (1): A binding agent enhancing structure and moisture for a perfect cookie consistency.
  4. Vanilla Extract (2 tsp): Elevates the overall flavor profile, adding a classic and aromatic essence.
  5. Almond Extract (½ tsp): Offers a subtle nutty undertone, enriching the taste with a unique dimension.
  6. All-Purpose Flour (3 ¼ cups): The foundation providing structure to the dough and ensuring the cookies hold their shape.
  7. Baking Powder (1 tsp): The leavening agent that gives the cookies light and airy texture.
  8. Salt (½ tsp): Balances sweetness and enhances all flavors, creating a harmonious taste.
  9. Royal Icing (Optional): Perfect for decorating, adding a glossy finish and allowing creativity to flourish.
  10. Colored Sugar Sprinkles (Optional): Adds a pop of color and texture, turning your cookies into edible works of art.

Sugar Cookie Dough heart Cut Out

Favorite Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Embark on a culinary adventure with our fail-proof sugar cookie recipe, adored by many. You can swiftly transition from mixing to baking with no chilling time. 

Pro Tips for Cookie Nirvana:

    • Use real butter for unparalleled taste.
    • Ensure room temperature ingredients for seamless blending.
    • Master the art of flour measurement.
    • Scrape the bowl often to avoid uneven mixtures.
    • Guard against overmixing to preserve dough integrity.
    • Employ guides for evenly rolled cookies.
    • Dip cookie cutters in flour to retain cookie shape.

Sugar Cookie Dough heart Cut Outs

How to Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies:

  1. Preheat Oven: Set the oven to 350 degrees F for a perfect bake.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, use an electric stand mixer or hand mixer to cream together softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Incorporate the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract for a flavorful blend.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture gradually, ensuring thorough mixing. Stop when the dough forms a sticky yet shape-holding consistency. No chilling required!
  4. Shape and Roll: Divide the dough into two balls and shape them into 2-inch thick rectangular discs. This shape ensures easy rolling without the dough falling apart. Roll each ball on a floured surface into a 12-inch diameter circle, 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Cut and Bake: Dip the cookie cutter in flour before each use to prevent sticking. Cut out shapes and place them on an ungreased baking sheet (use parchment paper for easy cleanup). Bake for 8-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack for complete cooling.


  • This recipe yields about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies.
  • Bake time may vary based on cookie size; adjust for smaller cookies.
  • Customize flavors with your preferred extracts (e.g., almond, lemon, peppermint) for a personalized touch.
  • Use icing colors to add vibrant hues to your cookie dough, blending gradually for the desired shade. A mixer ensures even color distribution.

making cut out sugar cookies

Tools of the Trade:

Ensure you’re armed with the right arsenal for sugar cookie triumph. Invest in at least two Recipe Right cookie sheets, facilitating seamless rotation in and out of the oven. Opt for the Mega Baking Sheet for those grand Christmas batches.

Other must-haves include a Cooling Grid, Rolling Pin, Parchment Paper, and the trusty Cookie Spatula (we recommend the Really Big Spatula).

Rolling Mastery:

Transform your dough into a canvas of perfection with our rolling tips.

Dust your work surface with flour to prevent stickiness, and wear an apron for the inevitable flour dance.

Divide your dough, roll it to 1/8 in. thickness, and embrace the quarter-turn technique to prevent adhesion.

Flour generously and consistently for an effortless rolling experience.

Cutting & Baking Wisdom:

Dive into the cutting phase with finesse.

Dip your cutter in flour between cuts to prevent sticking and enhance the cookie edges’ sealing.

Transport with ease using a large spatula (the Really Big Spatula is a favorite).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-11 minutes, ensuring light golden edges.

As the first batch bakes, roll and prep the second pan, but remember, reworking the dough toughens it—limit re-rolling to maintain cookie tenderness.

cut out sugar cookies on baking sheet

Decoration Extravaganza:

Once your cookies cool, dive into the enchanting world of decoration. Ensure cookies are entirely cool before icing to prevent melting. Opt for traditional Royal Icing or embrace the whimsy of Buttercream Frosting. Discover more in our “How to Decorate Cookies Like a Pro” guide.

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Storage & Freezing Wisdom:

  • Decorated cookies last about a week at room temperature in an airtight container.
  • Freeze undecorated cookies with parchment paper layers for up to 4 months.
  • Freeze cookie dough by forming a ball, wrapping tightly, and storing for up to 3 months.
  • Refrigerate dough for up to 1 week if planning to use within that timeframe.

Whether you’re a baking enthusiast or a novice, follow our guide to elevate your sugar cookie game and create delightful memories for every celebration.  #SugarCookieMastery #HomemadeBakingJoy

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