Sugar Cookie Cutouts This tried-and-true sugar cookie recipe makes dozens of sugar cookie cutouts that you and your family can decorate for Christmas or any other occasion worthy of a great cookie recipe. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on December 12, 2019 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Prep Time: 40 mins Chill Time: 30 mins Bake Time: 7 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 17 mins Servings: 52 Yield: about 52 2 1/2-inch cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 ¼ cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs 2 teaspoon vanilla 3 cup all-purpose flour 1 recipe Royal Icing (optional) 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (optional) Decorative sprinkles and/or small candies (optional) Powdered Sugar Icing 3 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract 3 tablespoon milk Royal Icing 1 16 ounce package powdered sugar (4 cups) 3 tablespoon meringue powder* ½ teaspoon cream of tartar ½ cup warm water 1 teaspoon vanilla Directions Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using desired cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. If desired, prepare Royal Icing or Powdered Sugar Icing. Spread and/or pipe the icing (if using) onto cookies. If desired, top iced cookies with sprinkles and/or candies. Powdered Sugar Icing Powdered Sugar Icing: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk until icing reaches spreading consistency. If desired, tint with paste food coloring. Royal Icing In a large mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 minutes or until stiff. Cover bowl with damp paper towels and plastic wrap. Chill for up to 48 hours. Steven McDonald Candy Windowpane Cutouts: Prepare as directed, except roll dough until 1/8 inch thick and use a 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut dough into desired shapes. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Cut small shapes out of the cutouts' centers. Finely crush 3 ounces hard candy (about 1/2 cup). Fill each center cutout with candy. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes; cool cookies on foil. Makes about 52 cookies. *Test Kitchen Tip: Look for meringue powder in the cake decorating aisle of hobby and craft stores. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 80 Calories 4g Fat 10g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 52 Calories 80 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 17mg 6% Sodium 63mg 3% Total Carbohydrate 10g 4% Total Sugars 5g Protein 1g Calcium 6mg 0% Iron 0.4mg 2% Potassium 12mg 0% Folate, total 14mcg *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.