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Cut Out Sugar Cookies

This is a simple Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe that's not overly sweet and has a hint of salt for the perfect flavor balance. It's also a thick dough that really holds it's share, so that you can roll it out and use cookie cutters with to create any shape you want.  The glaze is also very simple with only three ingredients.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler


For the Cookies

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1 ⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt

For the Icing

  • 2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food Coloring in desired colors



  1. In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla extract; beat on high using an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until completely blended.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  5. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  6. On a floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick
  7. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters
  8. Place cookies about 2-inches apart on cookie sheet
  9. Bake 6 minutes

  10. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool before icing


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk and the vanilla extract
  2. Mix in the confectioners sugar and continue mixing until smooth
  3. Pour equal amounts into small bowls or coffee mugs to create the different color glazes for decorating the cookies