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Our Favorite Cutout Sugar Cookie Recipe

It just dawned on me that of all the years I’ve been blogging, I have never shared our absolute favorite recipe for cutout sugar cookies. I think the reason is, I never have an end picture. Either it’s dark by the time we are totally done decorating or we’ve eaten them all already, but for some reason, this recipe has never graced the pages of Dine & Dish.

You are ok if I share the recipe with you without an end picture, right? Will you take my word that this recipe yields sweet, buttery, perfectly soft sugar cookies? Actually, I do have an end shot in this post for Milk and Cookies Cocktail that I created for Simple Bites. Looks good, right?

I can’t take credit for this recipe. Long before I started Dine & Dish, I hung out over at AllRecipes and Recipezaar (now Food.com). This was one of the first cookie recipes I tried from AllRecipes and it is our go-to cutout sugar cookie recipe each holiday season! If you need a solid cut out sugar cookie recipe, you can’t go wrong with the one I’m sharing today. Happy baking!

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies (From AllRecipes)

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

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  1. Sounds delish! Cant wait to try it. :)

  2. Merry Lu Pasley says:

    Nice pictures, Kristen, I’m sure there’s going to be some happy cookie monsters in your home tonight. You’re causing me to have an itch to get in the kitchen and start baking. My favorite sugar cookie recipe is “Mary’s Sugar Cookies” from page 18 in the Betty Crocker Cookie Cookbook – I’ve been using it since I got my first cookie cutters for my 7th birthday. It uses powdered sugar instead of granulated.

  3. Love the photos in this post!

  4. Look so good- I can never settle on one recipe & as a result, I always end up making a new one each time & being disappointed. I will have to give this one a go.

  5. I think sometimes this is the best part – rolling out the dough and cutting out the cookies. Well, now wait a minute. I kinda like the eating part too. Thanks for sharing another holiday recipe!

  6. thanks for sharing your fave recipe. There are soooo many recipes. Hard to know which to choose so I appreciate your stamp of approval!

  7. Love that first picture – beautiful!

  8. I’m always on the lookout for a good basic sugar cookie recipe. Can’t wait to give this one a shot.

  9. Such a fun holiday activity to do with the family. I can’t wait until Caleb is old enough:)

  10. Your pictures are beautiful. These sugar cookies sound delish.

  11. We all have our favorite recipe for making cookies…mine came from an old cookbook called Make It Now, Bake It Later. It was more a butter cookie than sugar cookie. Will definitely try this recipe next year!

  12. They sound delicious. And, I totally love the pictures!

  13. Yum! I love the sugar cookie cutters. So cute :)

  14. I need to do a cookie-baking/decorating project with RecipeBoy Brooks this next week when school is out of session. It’s my favorite thing to do this time of year!

  15. There is nothing like rolled sugar cookies at Christmas. Thanks for the reminder. I have to make them this week!

  16. I love sugar cookies! I am halfway through my 12 Cookies of Christmas recipes, but I am looking for a sturdy sugar cookie to do an hor dourve recipe for a few weeks from now.
    This one might be great! I will let you know if it works. : )

  17. I love your photography for this post!!!

  18. Yes please!! I was wondering where those cute little cookies on your holiday cocktail came from. Fun recipe and tutorial, lovely photos.

    What’s not so fun is that I keep trying to Pin this and Pinterest is giving me the old 502 error. Grrr.

  19. I always have trouble making cut out cookies but they are the most fun to make with my nieces and nephew. I will save this so we can give it a try next time!

  20. It is so fun to read about everyone’s favorite cookie recipes. I will dash over to Simple Bites to see the finished product…love these photos though.


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