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The Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This is The Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe you will ever find. Homemade sugar cookies are so easy to make, and this recipe doesn’t require you to chill the dough before baking. They are soft, chewy, and hold their shape perfectly.

the best cut out sugar cookies recipe

If you’re looking for The Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe, then look no further. This sugar cookie recipe is simple, fuss free, and turn out perfect every time. These cut out sugar cookies are soft and chewy and hold their shape perfectly.

They are so easy to whip up and decorate at your holiday party or make a batch and add them to your cookie platters. They taste amazing with frosting and sprinkles, or taste just as good if you prefer to eat them plain.

These homemade sugar cookies can be made all year round and are perfect for any holiday as you can use any type of cookie cutter.

Ingredients Needed For Sugar Cookies

  • Unsalted Butter: Softened at room temperature
  • Sugar
  • Egg: Room temperature
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

How To Make The Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer beat room temperature butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add in egg vanilla extract, and almond extract and continue mixing until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add flour mixture into wet ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts to make it easier to roll out the dough.
  • Place dough on a floured surface and place a sheet of saran wrap or parchment paper over dough.
  • Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut dough and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The best sugar cookies recipe right out of the oven

Tips For Rolling Out Sugar Cookie Dough

Here is a little trick I use when rolling out sugar cookie dough.

Cut the dough into 2 or 3 equal pieces. Place one of the pieces on a floured surface and lay a piece of saran wrap or parchment paper over dough. This will keep the top of the cookie dough smooth and keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

Roll dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out dough and place on baking sheet.

Sugar cookie dough rolled out with cookie cutters

How To Decorate Sugar Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies for the holiday’s is so much fun, and a great family activity to get the kids involved. You can make your own homemade royal icing, or my favorite recipe is from our friend over at Preppy Kitchen.

Or if you prefer to use a butter cream or cream cheese frosting, that works great also. And don’t forget about the sprinkles!!!

Sugar cookies decorated with frosting and sprinkles

How To Prevent Sugar Cookies From Spreading

If you follow the directions below, you should not have a problem with your sugar cookies spreading.

Bake Cookies On Parchment Paper: When you grease a baking sheet this can cause your cookies to spread. To prevent this, bake cookies on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Don’t Overwork Dough: You should get about two rounds of rolling and cutting with one cookie dough ball. If you have extra dough, be mindful to not overwork the last little bit of dough.

Don’t Let Dough Get Too Warm: There is no need to chill this sugar cookie dough recipe, but you don’t want it to get too warm. If you notice it getting warm, place it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Check Your Oven Temperature: Not all ovens heat to the temperature they display. If you notice you are having a problem, use a thermometer to check the temperature.

Make Sure You Use Fresh Ingredients: When baking you may not have great success if your ingredients such as baking powder and flour are old. Get fresh ingredients and try again.

Can You Freeze Baked, Undecorated Cookies?

One of the reasons I love this sugar cookie recipe is because you can make a big batch for a holiday party and freeze them when you are ready to frost. Simply Let sugar cookies cool completely, place them in an airtight container or ziplock bag with parchment paper in between cookies.

Lay cookies flat in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you are ready to decorate cookies, remove from the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature.

FAQ’s

Do You Have To Chill Sugar Cookie Dough? Normally I like to chill my cookie dough before baking, but this recipe does not need to be chilled. In fact, the dough is easier to work with when it is not chilled. Just make sure your dough is not sitting out for a long period of time and gets warm. If that is the case, place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Can You Freeze Sugar Cookie Dough?

Yes, of course you can freeze sugar cookie dough. You can either freeze flattened cookie dough discs in an airtight container, remove from freezer and allow to thaw in the fridge, or you can freeze cut cookie dough. Simply lay the cookie dough shapes flat in an airtight container and freeze. When you are ready to use, allow them to thaw in the fridge before baking.

How To Store Decorated Sugar Cookies: If you are using royal icing, allow icing to harden completely before stacking them. I like to add a piece of parchment paper in between cookies before stacking, but this is not necessary. Place in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

how to store sugar cookies in the freezer

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The best cut out sugar cookies recipe cooling on a wire rack

The Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe

April King
This is the Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe you will ever find. Homemade sugar cookies are so easy to make, and this recipe doesn't require you to chill the dough before baking. They are soft, chewy, and hold their shape perfectly.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cookies
Calories 109 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer beat room temperature butter and sugar until well combined.
  • Add in egg vanilla extract, and almond extract and continue mixing until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add flour mixture into wet ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts to make it easier to roll out the dough.
  • Place dough on a floured surface and place a sheet of saran wrap or parchment paper over dough.
  • Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut dough and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  • Let cool slightly and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 11.8gProtein: 2.3gFat: 5.6gCholesterol: 54.2mgSodium: 67.2mgPotassium: 16.9mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 5.1gVitamin A: 21.3IUCalcium: 26.6mgIron: 0.2mg
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