cut out sugar cookies

Best Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Get into the holiday spirit with the Best Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe! This dough is perfect for flattening and adding your favorite decorative toppings like icing or sprinkles.

Prep: 4 hoursCook: 8 minutesTotal: 4 hours 8 minutes
Yield 50 cookies 1x



  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2.5 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Food dye


  1. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together butter and sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, blending with a hand mixer. Once all the flour is mixed into the dough, use a spatula to scrape down sides and make sure dough is completely combined.
  4. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking sheet or use parchment paper.
  6. Flour a large surface and rolling pin liberally. Roll dough out to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. Cut into cookie shapes using cookie cut-outs. Re-roll scraps of dough and cut until there is no more excess dough left.
  7. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until just slightly golden.
  8. Let cool completely before icing.
  9. Mix all icing ingredients together, add different amounts of color to the mix to get desired shade.
Author: ErinCategory: holiday, cookie, christmasMethod: ovenCuisine: American