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Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

This Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe is easy to cut out, holds its shape after baking and yields soft and chewy sugar cookies.
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cut out sugar cookie recipe, cut out sugar cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 161kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks) cold & cut into chunks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or vanilla sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, extracts, and vanilla bean. In a small bowl stir flour and baking powder together. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients. 
  • Roll dough out onto the floured surface to be just over 1/4" thick. Cut cookies out using cookie cutters and place onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. 
  • Freeze 5-7 minutes, then bake 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms have lightly browned but edges are still light in color. Cool 3 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to cooling racks. Decorate as desired.


Nutritional information is for plain, unfrosted sugar cookies.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg