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cut out sugar cookie recipe

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Soft, buttery sugar cookies that hold their shape!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cut out cookie, sugar cookie
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 3 dozen


Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour set aside for flouring rolling surface


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring
  • sprinkles


Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  1. Sift together 3 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.

  4. Stir in vanilla extract.

  5. Gradually blend in the sifted dry mixture until fully absorbed.

  6. Form dough into ball and place on top of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough with the plastic wrap.

  7. Chill dough for at least 2 hours.

  8. Preheat oven to 350°.

  9. Prepare cookie sheets by lightly greasing them or use parchment paper.

  10. Using the reserved 1/2 flour, sprinkle some on a clean surface.

  11. Roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies on cookie sheet.

  12. Bake 8-12 minutes, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and butter until smooth. 

  2. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.

  3. Add food coloring if desired.

  4. Ice cookies and top with sprinkles if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Use a decorating bag with the end snipped off to apply icing to the cookies for a cleaner look.
  • Apply the sprinkles sooner rather than later so they stick to the icing.
  • After icing cookies, allow them to set out for a couple hours so icing can harden.
  • Store cookies in airtight container, separating each layer of cookies with wax paper.