Cutout Sugar Cookies

I've been thinking about this post since before I started this blog. I absolutely love watching Instagram and youtube videos of people decorating sugar cookies and then trying my hand at it. Now, I won't lie, decorating with royal icing takes some patience and practice, but I do have good news. Making the cookie base is super fun and simple! I will be following this post up with a part two where I get into detail on the royal icing. 

I use this recipe every single time and have it committed to memory! I promise it is incredible fast to whip up and bakes lightly sweet, soft and chewy sugar cookies. The ingredient list is short and sweet. There is no baking powder or soda in this recipe so the cookies bake exactly how they look when cut out in the dough. No spread, no puffing up - just absolute perfection!

Sugar Cookies
  • 1 cup sugar, white or turbinated
  • 1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 & 1/2 cup flour
  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until the mix no longer feels gritty when rubbed between your fingers - about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add egg and vanilla and thoroughly mix. 
  3. Add flour in two additions and mix. Mix the dough until it pulls together - 1 or 2 minutes.
  4. Wrap in cling film and put into the fridge for at least an hour or up to a week.
  5. After chilling, remove dough from fridge and let the dough sit out for about 15 minutes to be a workable texture. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  6. Flour your clean surface and rolling pin and cut off pieces of your dough to roll out flat. I like to roll mine a bit thicker - about 1/4 of an inch. Cut out into desired shapes and transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (You can place your cookies pretty close together as they will not spread while cooking.)
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on pan until cool to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish completely cooling.

For every one who has ever tried one of my sugar cookies - I really hope you try making these on your own! Some of you may be reading this after having one of my cookies via my brothers work. Hi! I hope you enjoyed them and I hope you try making these yourself! 

*Coming soon: Royal icing sugar cookie decorating 101*


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