Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe: These cut-out cookies are amazing for decorating is by far my favorite recipe to use when making cut-out sugar cookies and hold their shape!
When learning how to decorate sugar cookies, and sharing it with you, so many of you asked for the recipe so this is the recipe that turns out perfect every time!
The sugar cookies taste amazing, and hold their shape after baking. The best of both worlds, really!
Here are some rave reviews on Pinterest of this recipe!
My favorite sugar cookie recipe so far. No need to chill. Yields about 24 cookies…yum! See review.Jossie Linares
🎄🌟👢😀 success!!! Happy holiday season everyone! See review.xymenakp
I use my Kitchenaid mixer to make these bad boys in… even though you don’t have to have one. (Have you seen the super fun Kitchenaid mixer “lift,” that’s installed in my cabinets? BEST decision ever.
Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the Butter, Sugar, and Egg
In your mixer, cream the butter and sugar, and then add in the extract/emulsion and egg!
Mix In Dry Ingredients…
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder, and then slowly add the flour mixture to wet ingredients, until mixed!
“How to Make Sugar Cookies” Tip!
I love using big-white, art paper, to roll my sugar cookies out. It keeps my counter “cleaner,” and I can just roll it up and throw it in the trash when I’m done rolling them out.
Sprinkle a little flour on the paper, that way the cookie dough doesn’t stick!
How to Roll Out Sugar Cookie Dough
There are two different ways you can do this.
Place the dough out on a rolling surface and LIGHTLY sprinkle with flour or powdered sugar, IF necessary, to reduce sticking (too much flour can make the dough crumbly).
2. OR… roll the dough between wax or parchment paper. Place between two pieces of wax or parchment and then there’s no need to dust the dough with flour.
Knead the dough, and roll out (with a rolling pin) to a 1/4 thickness.
Once rolled out, cut cookies in to desired shapes!
No Chill? Refrigeration?
So many sugar cookie recipes require the dough to be chilled before cutting out and baking.
I’ve found that this recipe does NOT need chilled, however… some have stated that they need to and do just to be safe. So it’s completely up to you. If you have time, feel free to chill!
Bake in your 350 degree oven for 6-8 minutes!
Adorable Sugar Cookies for Holidays and Parties
I just love how easy these are to cut out, and especially love how they hold their shape while baking!
Or if you’re looking for a fun way to use your sugar cookies, you’ll love these sugar cookie sandwiches!
Common Sugar Cookie Questions:
If you choose to chill your dough, you can chill it in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Are you just starting out with making sugar cookies, and decorating? A tip I like to share is to make a few batches of these sugar cookies, and then freeze them after baking, until you’re ready to use them. This works GREAT if you’re making cookies for a party, and don’t want to wait to make them on party day!
When it comes to decorating, if you want to decorate with sugar, lightly brush the cookies with a solution of one part light corn syrup to two parts water and before it dries, pour the sugar onto the cookie. Then, gently tap the cookie on its side to remove any excess sugar.
New Baking Mat LOVE!
Friends, since writing this post a couple of years ago, a dear friend has introduced me to a new baking mat that makes a HUGE difference in my baking. No non-stick spray needed, and the bottoms of the cookies turn out BEAUTIFUL!
This is where you can buy the baking mat!
Now… they’re the ONLY sugar cookies I make! Head over there to see all of the cute ideas and recipes that she comes up with!
If you have an air fryer, I thought it was so fun to see this sugar cookie recipe in the air fryer too!
Ingredients in US measurements.
Love making and creating fun things for Christmas? You’ll also love these DIY gingerbread ornaments that are a holiday staple for gift-giving and making memories.
More Cookie Recipes
Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe: Cut Out Cookies for Decorating
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon butter vanilla emulsion Can use regular vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond emulsion Can use regular almond extract
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Cream the butter and sugar
- Add in extract and egg
- In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder
- Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients, until mixed
- Place dough out on rolling surface
- LIGHTLY sprinkle with flour, IF necessary, to reduce sticking (too much flour can make the dough crumbly)
- Knead dough, and roll out to a 1/4 thickness
- Cut cookies in to desired shapes
- Bake for 6-8 minutes
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
Then, if you’d like to dabble in royal icing decorating, then don’t be intimidated. If I can do it, you can do it:
Here’s to good tastin’ cookies that look like actual shapes!