Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe – This sugar cookie recipe is an heirloom family recipe used for generations. A simple sugar cookie recipe that makes perfect roll out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. 

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe - This sugar cookie recipe is an heirloom family recipe used for generations. A simple sugar cookie recipe that makes perfect roll out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. // addapinch.com

 

This cut-out Sugar Cookie Recipe has been in my family for years and years. It is one of those cookie recipes that we pull out each year to make Christmas cookies for decorating.

Through the years, we’ve tried a few variations off my family’s sugar cookie recipe and especially with the decorations. Mama would make a quick sugar cookie icing and we’d add all sorts of little candies to the cookies for decoration. Some years, those cookies turned out a lot cuter than others, but they were always delicious!

Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe - This sugar cookie recipe is an heirloom family recipe used for generations. A simple sugar cookie recipe that makes perfect roll out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. // addapinch.com

When Sam was young, I, like my Mama did when I was growing up, pull out the canister of cookie cutters and turn all of the shape selection over to Sam. Sometimes we end up with all snowmen, and then other years, we have a great mixture of all sorts of shapes to bake and decorate. We had fun no matter what shapes we cut out of this delicious rolled sugar cookie dough!

How to Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

First, line your baking sheet pans with parchment paper or baking mats.

Next, cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, and mix into butter mixture. Then add vanilla.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly incorporate flour into the butter and sugar mixture, making sure to mix well as combined, taking care not to mix too much as it causes tough cookies.

Dust your countertop area lightly with confectioner’s sugar for rolling sugar cookie dough.

Divide the sugar cookie dough in half and roll to desired thickness.

Cut sugar cookies with preferred cookie cutters, working dough back together and rolling and cutting until all dough has been used and all the sugar cookies are placed onto prepared baking sheets.

Place the baking sheets full of cut-out sugar cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes to prevent the dough from spreading as much while baking.

Preheat oven to 350º F while sugar cookie dough is in the freezer.

Transfer baking sheets straight from the freezer to the oven for baking. Bake cookies until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before decorating, if desired.

While the sugar cookies are cooling, I mix up the same cookie icing that my Mama always made and then we have a blast decorating them.

 

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While we’ve always loved making these as part of our baking for Christmas cookies, it’s really a great sugar cookie recipe to use whenever you’d like to make sugar cookies for decorating or just enjoying.

Make Ahead Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Recipe

These cookies are excellent to make ahead, especially throughout the holidays. Simply prepare the cookies as instructed, allow any decorative frosting to dry completely, and then store in parchment-lined layers within an airtight container for up to a week.

If you’d like to make them more in advance, use the Freezer Friendly instructions below.

How to Freeze Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Recipe

There are a few ways to make these delicious cookies ahead of time to freeze them.

Freeze the Baked Cookies:

To freeze the baked cookies, cool the cookies completely and then freeze on the baking sheet. When the cookies have frozen solid, about 30 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookies to reach room temperature and then decorate as you’d like.

Freeze the Cookie Dough:

To freeze the cookie dough, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then store the dough in a zip top freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, allow the cookie dough to thaw in the refrigerator, then roll the dough as instructed throughout all the baking and decorating instructions.

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Here’s my family’s cut-out sugar cookie recipe. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does! You might also like to try my Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe. Between the two, you’ll be in sugar cookie bliss!

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe - This sugar cookie recipe is an heirloom family recipe used for generations. A simple sugar cookie recipe that makes perfect roll out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. // addapinch.com
Yield: 36 cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cut out sugar cookie recipe, cut out sugar cookies recipe, decorating cookie recipe, roll out sugar cookies recipe, sugar cookie for decorating

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Total Time 22 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes

Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe - This sugar cookie recipe is an heirloom family recipe used for generations. A simple sugar cookie recipe that makes perfect roll out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • confectioner's sugar for rolling

Directions

  1. Line baking sheet pans with parchment paper or baking mats. 

  2. Cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating after each addition. Then, add in the vanilla extract.

  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and the salt in a large bowl. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture, making sure to mix well as combining and taking care not to over mix as it causes tough cookies. 

  4. Dust countertop area lightly for rolling sugar cookie dough using confectioner's sugar. Divide the sugar cookie dough in half and roll to desired thickness. Cut sugar cookies with preferred cookie cutters, working dough back together and rolling and cutting until all dough has been use and placed onto prepared baking sheets. 

  5. Place your baking sheets into the freezer for 15 minutes to prevent the dough from spreading as much while baking.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350º F as your sugar dough is in the freezer. Transfer baking sheets straight from the freezer to the oven for baking. Bake cookies until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before decorating, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 129mg 5%
Potassium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

 

Happy Baking!
Robyn xo

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2013.

48 comments on “Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe”

  1. I love recipes with a history 🙂 I remember well sitting at the table with my mom up to our elbows in flour and powdered sugar.

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  3. Can you please send link for instructions to decorate the sugar cookie

    • Hi Tracy,
      Here’s how I decorated the cookie as photographed. I piped a line around the edges of the cookie and then filled the inside of the area with more cookie icing. Then, I used a toothpick and spread the cookie icing to eliminate any gaps in the icing. Then, I sprinkled sanding sugar (by Wilton) on top of the still wet cookie icing. Then, I just let the icing dry completely.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Robyn,
    I love old family recipes. Pinned.
    Annamaria

  5. These are gorgeous! Totally perfect. I love the sanding sugar too, makes them look fuzzy and snowy!

  6. Love these kinds of holiday memories! Gorgeous cookies!

  7. Are these cookies hard or chewy. My daughter wants to make cut out cookies for the kids she is babysitting for but she doesn’t want to break any teeth. So I’m looking for a soft chewy sugar cookie for cutting out. Thanks.

    • These cookies are soft. I’m not a fan of hard sugar cookies at all. You’ll want to watch the baking time and not let them go longer than the 12 minutes to keep them as soft as possible.

      Your daughter is such a sweetie for making cookies for the children she babysits. Such lucky kiddos!

  8. I would like to make these with sprinkles/sanding sugar but without frosting. When should I add the decoration?

    Thanks!
    Christine

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  10. This recipe was a hit! I made ninja shaped cookies for my family for Christmas, and my dad and grandmother loved these cookies. They weren’t too sweet or too hard, perfect.

  11. I have tried the recipe twice now and both times it basically is complete crumbles…almost like there is too much flour. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Bethany,
      I’m sorry you’ve had trouble with it. Let’s try and narrow down what could be causing the problem. When you cream together the butter and sugar, is it light and fluffy before you add in the eggs? Once you incorporate the dry ingredients with the butter mixture, you’ll want to make sure not to overmix as it will cause dry, crumbly, tough cookies.

      • I’m so sorry you had problems with it, Liz. I’m so impressed with you for creaming together the butter and sugar by hand. I’ve used an electric mixer each time, which may be a major difference.

  12. Can I use my stand mixer? Also i do not have enough cooking sheets to put all the cookies on, do I need to put the dough in the frige while I am waiting for the other cookies to bake? I read in other recipes that you have to keep the cookie dough cold.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    • Hi Erica,
      Yes, you may use your stand mixer. Just be careful not to over mix the cookie dough or it can make the cookies tough and crumbly. I would recommend refrigerating the dough while one cookie sheet bakes.

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  14. Those sugar cookies look soooo wonderful. Thank you for your great recipes.

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  16. i love cookies like this and they are good

  17. I tried this recipe several times and its just amazing…taste wise and texture wise… I was wondering if i can store it in the freezer after baking in order for it to stay fresh? I am baking it 3 days ahead … or what do you suggest? Thanks

  18. do these cookies expand in the oven? or will they stay the same size? thanks!

    • Just from reading her recipe it states to put the cut cookies on the cookie sheet in the freezer before baking – this is so they don’t spread 

  19. They were kind of dry tasting. Needed milk. 🙁 Also I didn’t know to decorate with sprinkles before baking I don’t like frosting. Lol.

  20. Hi Kady – I’m so sorry that happened.
    I’ve never had a problem with this recipe crumbling. Not sure if this was the case when you made it, but if it is over mixed when the flour is added, it will crumble. Just mix until flour is just blended well.
    Another possibility could be the density of the flour used. I always use White Lily flour which is lighter than other flours and results in a great texture for my baked goods.
    Hope this helps. Thanks so much.

  21. My dough was crumbly as well and I tried really hard not to over mix it. Since it was crumbly, I just kind of kneaded it together until it formed a ball and it seems to be sticking well. I’m also chilling it a bit before I try to roll it out. Do I HAVE to line the cookie sheets with parchment? I don’t have any and I don’t feel like loading up the baby to run to the store…

    • I like using parchment for baking cookies, Liz, but if you don’t have it, you can grease your cookie sheets well. If you have a Silpat baking mat you can use that as well. I love parchment for the non-stick, easy cleanup and even browning it gives the cookies but you can make them without it if you do the things I mention above. Enjoy them! Thanks! xo

  22. Salted or unsalted butter for this? thank you.

  23. hey, can I use coconut sugar instead of the regular? spelt flour instead of white flour?

  24. Hello!

    I ave made your chewy sugar cookies many times but wanted to make pumpkin shaped cookies for the kids tonight. With their help of course. I found this receipt that you use for cut out cookies. What is the difference taste wise. My family already lives the other recipe so I don’t want them to be confused.
    Thank you.

  25. PERFECT! This was my first time making sugar cookies and I think I nailed them thanks to this recipe! I made your icing as well and I’m really happy with them.. but my work potluck tomorrow will be the true test! 

    I think the trick to perfect dough is to follow the ‘do not over mix’ advice – mix until juuust combined!

    Thank you 🙂 

  26. Why can’t I get ingredients and measurements?

    • Hi Chris,
      You should be able to see the recipe and instructions just fine now. I think there must have been an update going on when you tried to see it. I’m so sorry for any inconvenience and really appreciate you letting me know. I hope you enjoy the cookies! Thanks! 🙂

  27. The cookies look delicious and fun to make with my granddaughters. My youngest granddaughter cannot have any dairy products. What would be your suggestion with what to replace the butter and actually giving the cookies a buttery flavour? I know that butter can be replaced with coconut oil but it would be missing that butter flavour. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance

  28. Hi, 

    Can you please specify how gradual, your gradually add is? It is a 1/2 cup at a time? 

    Want to make these little babies for Christmas presents. Thank you for sharing. 

    S

  29. FAVORITE CUT OUT COOKIE RECIPE BY FAR!!! I would’ve gave it 5 stars however the cookie was a little too salty and not sweet enough for my taste personally. Next time I make this I’m going to try and tweak it a bit by either using unsalted butter and then following the recipe through.. or cut the salt down to half a teaspoon, and add maybe half a cup more of sugar. I didn’t see if the recipe specifically called for unsalted butter or not? But thanks for the recipe, my husband and I love it along with your sugar cookie icing recipe!

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