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The Best Sugar Cookie Cut Outs

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Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut Outs are soft, thick, sinfully buttery and taste amazing whether they are decorated or not! Make the best, easy sugar cookie cut outs that keep their shape & edges. This is a no-chill recipe!

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 35 cookies 1x


  • 2 ½ sticks butter ((or, 1c & 4tbsp butter, softened at room temp. Salted or unsalted can be used. If you're sensitive to salt and using salted butter, consider reducing the amount of added salt by ¼ tsp))
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter & sugar and light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the egg, egg yolk & vanilla. Beat until well combined.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder & salt.  
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and gently mix. Once the flour is about absorbed, add the remainder of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do not over mix and be sure to thoroughly scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl while mixing. 
  6. If you are ready to roll, start with about 1/4 of the dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface (ensuring your rolling pin is also lightly floured). 
  7. Roll to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut using your desired cookie cutters and place the cookies on the prepared tray. If you are decorating with sprinkles, this is when you would sprinkle your cookies. 
  8. Bake time for me has been about 13 minutes, but since all ovens vary, I suggest starting your timer with 10 minutes and see how they look. These cookies are done when they are barely golden brown on the edges. 
  9. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes and transfer to a baking rack to finish cooling. Decorate as desired. 


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One key to making cookies that hold their shape is to make sure your butter is properly at room temp before mixing. If it’s too cold it won’t mix well and if it’s too warm or melted, you’ll end up with a dough that’s way too soft. You should leave the butter to sit at room temp for at least 2 hours. You should be able to press into it with your finger easily and it should hold the shape of the indentation. If you're in a rush, keep the butter out for 1 hour and then microwave it in 5 second intervals until it is fully softened but NOT melted! 

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cookies