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Classic Sugar Cookies Recipe

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How to make the perfect Classic Sugar Cookies for any holiday or occasion. This simple cut-out cookie recipe makes a tender and perfectly sweetened cookie that can be decorated with decorative sugar, glaze, or frosting!

A cut-out sugar cookie tree decorated with green sugar and colored sprinkles.

This Classic Sugar Cookies Recipe have been my favorite since childhood. Each year I make two batches, one with colored sugars and one with frosting and sprinkles. They can be a bit time consuming, but the dough can be made ahead of time and left in the refrigerator for several days or even frozen for up to three months.

Two sugar cookies decorated with colored sugar and sprinkles on a wire rack.

This year I even made them with a simple glaze.

Four cutout sugar cookies topped with green cookie glaze on a wire rack.

Classic Cut-out Sugar Cookies are perfect anytime of year! Pink hearts for Valentine’s Day, bunnies and eggs for Easter, spiders and pumpkins for Halloween, the possibilities are endless!!

How to Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies:

Beat the butter, shortening, eggs, and vanilla together in a large bowl.

Butter, shortening, egg, flavorings, and powdered sugar beaten in a large mixing bowl.

Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt.

Flour and salt on top of the butter mixture.

Cover or wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

When ready to bake, remove the dough from the refrigerator.

Chilled Sugar Cookie dough on a sheet of plastic wrap.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Cut the dough in half, set the other half off to the side, and roll the dough one-eighth inch thick on a lightly floured surface.

Sugar Cookie dough rolled out on a floured surface.

Cut into desired shapes making sure to keep the cuts as close as possible.

Shapes cut-out of the dough with cookie cutters.

Remove the excess dough and carefully remove the cut-outs.

Excess dough removed from around the cookie cut-outs.

Place on the prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with sugar and/or sprinkles, if using…..

Twelve cookie cut-outs with sugar and sprinkles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Leave plain if you will be frosting your cookies.

Bake for 6 – 8 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.

Twelve undecorated, baked cookies on a baking sheet.

Do Not over bake your cookies unless you like crunchy cookies!

Remove cookies from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

An assortment of Christmas cookies on a holiday plate.

I dare you to just eat one!

Close up image a broken sugar cookie stacked on top of a second cookie on a wire rack with more in the background.

These Cut-out Sugar Cookies are crisp around the edges, and soft and tender on the inside…YUM!!

How do I frost my Cut-out Sugar Cookies?

This is my favorite Buttercream Frosting recipe that I use on cookies and cupcakes!

How do I glaze my cookies?

With this amazing Cookie Glaze recipe of course!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • If your cookies are thicker than 1/8th inch they will take longer to bake, so keep an eye on them!
  • My cookies took 6 minutes to cook, 7 minutes was darker than I wanted.
  • Once you have cut out your shapes, roll unused dough into a ball and set aside. Continue cutting shapes out of the remaining fresh dough. Re-roll all of the used dough together and cut out additional shapes. The more your roll your dough, the tougher your cookies will be so keep those cuts close together to minimize your scraps.

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A cut-out sugar cookie tree decorated with green sugar and colored sprinkles.

Cut-out Sugar Cookies

Cut-out Sugar Cookies are a family favorite that are perfect topped with sugar, sprinkles, glaze or frosting! 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, sugar cookies, cut-out cookies, Christmas cookies, recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 48 Cookies
Calories: 69kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • .25 cup shortening you can omit the shortening and use all butter if preferred
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Beat the butter, shortening, eggs, and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  • Blend in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cover or wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to bake, remove the dough from the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cut the dough in half, set the other half off to the side, and roll the dough 1/8th-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut into desired shapes making sure to keep the cuts as close as possible.
  • Remove the excess dough and carefully remove the cut-outs. Place on the prepared baking sheets and sprinkle with sugar and/or sprinkles, if using. Leave plain if you will be frosting your cookies.
  • Bake for 6 – 8 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Do Not over bake your cookies unless you like crunchy cookies!
  • Remove cookies from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Notes

  • If your cookies are thicker than 1/8th inch they will take longer to bake, so keep an eye on them!
  • My cookies took 6 minutes to cook, 7 minutes was darker than I wanted.
  • Once you have cut out your shapes, roll unused dough into a ball and set aside.  Continue cutting shapes out of the remaining fresh dough.  Re-roll all of the used dough together and cut out additional shapes.  The more your roll your dough, the tougher your cookies will be so keep those cuts close together to minimize your scraps.
  • Nutrition Facts do not include frosting/glaze/sugar toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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