Cut-Out Sugar Cookies


Seven simple ingredients combine in these must-save sugar cookies. The classic recipe also includes homemade powdered sugar frosting.

Cutout Sugar Cookies,
Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Bake Time:
7 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
3 dozen cookies


  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

Powdered Sugar Frosting

  • 3 cup powdered sugar, sifted

  • 1 tablespoon to as needed milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl constantly. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until easy to handle.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 2-1/2-inch cookie or biscuit cutters, cut into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

  3. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely. Decorate as desired. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Powdered Sugar Frosting

  1. In a bowl combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir in additional milk , 1 tablespoon at a time, to make a frosting consistency. Tint with desired food coloring.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.