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Royal icing on sugar cookies.

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Everyone's favorite sweet treat for all of the holidays, these cutout sugar cookies are a staple in our household. They hold their shape while baking, don't require any chilling time, and are reaaaaally delicious.
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 130 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups butter unsalted
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon milk room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 ¼ cups flour
  • cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt



  • Preheat the oven to 350.

Make the Dough

  • Cream the butter and sugars together until airy and light in color, about 2-3 minutes in a stand mixer.
  • Add the room temperature egg, milk, and vanilla until just combined.
  • Sift together flour, corn starch, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 installments, allowing the flour to almost fully-mix in before adding the next installment.
  • Bring dough together into a ball, and place on a floured cool surface.

Roll Out and Cut the Dough

  • Take ⅓ of the dough and roll it out on the floured surface to be about ¼ of an inch thick. If dough is too sticky, add a bit of flour at a time to the rolling surface and to the top of the dough to allow for easier rolling.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into whatever shape desired. Cut as many as you can from the dough and place on a nonstick cookie sheet.
  • Once you can no longer fit any cutouts in the dough, regather the dough together, re-roll, and re-cut.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough until there isn't any dough left.


  • Bake the cookies at 350 for about 8-10 minutes. The cookies should look set (e.g., not shiny), but should not be browned around the edges.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely. Frost with my royal icing recipe, or whatever icing you prefer.


Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 182IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cut out, sugar cookie
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