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Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

These soft and flavorful Cut Out Sugar Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! This classic recipe has a couple twists to make these the best ever.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 40 approximately
Calories 99kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to cool room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar or flour for rolling out the dough


  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, powdered sugar and granulated sugar until smooth and combined. Add extracts and eggs and beat until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined.
  • Lay out two large pieces of plastic wrap. Divide the dough in two and place each piece of dough on the plastic wrap. Form each piece into a disc and tightly cover. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to 1 day.


  • Preheat oven to 375°F Line two baking sheets with parchment (don't skip this step).
  • Dust a flat work surface with powdered sugar (recommended) or flour. Working with one piece of dough at a time (keep the other in the fridge), roll out the dough* until about ¼-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough and transfer the cookies to the baking sheet (work quickly so the dough stays cold).
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, until the edges are just barely starting to turn light brown and the centers of the cookies are still slightly underdone (for softer cookies). Feel free to bake just a bit longer for crispier cookies. I recommend rotating the baking sheets from front to back and top to bottom once during bake time. Place the baking pans on wire racks and cool completely before proceeding with the remaining dough.


*If the dough is really cold and you find it difficult to roll, just let it sit at room temp for about 5 minutes and it will soften up a bit. Once you begin rolling it out try to work quickly. The dough is much easier to work with when it is cold. 


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg