Cut out sugar cookies and a story

close-up photo of a plate of plain sugar cookies
Decorating cut-out sugar cookies might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s been something I’ve been avoiding for a long time.  I usually skip cookie recipes requiring cut-outs and decorating.  This year, I decided to embrace the challenge.

I didn’t just want to put some random sprinkles on my cookie cut-outs though.  I wanted to go all out.  I wanted my Christmas trees to have green and have ornaments.  I wanted my snowflakes to have those elegant silver looking beads.

I looked at tons of pictures, watched some quick tutorials, and then purchased some Christmas cookie cutters. Then I went about looking for my Christmas sprinkles.  First I tried to find the silver beads.  After some research, I learned that they are called dragees.  Upon further research, I learned that they are illegal in California!  Apparently, these pretty metallic looking beads are metallic and not exactly safe to eat.  Though people eat them in such small quantities, there shouldn’t be any effects, which is why they are allowed everywhere else.

Oh, California.  I should have known you would be the first state to make dragees illegal.  You’ve taken away my dreams of owning my own hedgehog or sugar glider as pets, and now I can’t properly decorate my cookies either?

Next, I went on to find some regular Christmas sprinkles.  Some green, white and red tiny ball-shaped sprinkles, some mini Christmas trees, Christmas sprinkles shaped like ones you find on ice cream sundaes, etc.  And I couldn’t find any.  The only ones I could find were glass type sprinkles in red and green which I used to decorate my soft sugar cookies.

After not finding my sprinkles at my local supermarket, I went and tried a few others.  Nothing! I also went to Target, Walmart, and anywhere else where I’m sure I’ve seen a variety of sprinkles in the past.  I went to nine different stores.  Nothing!

So that is why my cookies look so painfully plain this year.  The cut-out recipe I used was wonderful, but after not being able to find the sprinkles I wanted to use, I chose not to sprinkle them at all. The cookies still tasted great, though they are pretty naked looking. If anyone has any helpful advice on where to get Christmas sprinkles in San Diego, please let me know.

close-up photo of a plate of sugar cookies


Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 dozen cookies (approximately)

These sugar cookies are easy to make and are great plain or decorated. Make sure to plan ahead because the dough needs at least an hour to chill before rolling it out.


  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp 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). (I did mine overnight)
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°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.


Recipe source: All Recipes

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16 comments on “Cut out sugar cookies and a story”

  1. Hello
    Wow I love cookies very much and It is a perfect snacks for me.I like to taste different ones.This image shows that those cookies are sweet.Now I can’t wait to cook it.Thanks..

  2. Wow, I did not realize that finishing sprinkles can be so difficult! Here they seem to be in every supermarket, I also have lots of opened ones in the cupboard… because I never use the whole packet. But this year I also went for no sprinkled cookies, even without sugar but with herbs 🙂
    Happy New Year!!

  3. I meant finding sprinkles not finishing sprinkles 🙂

  4. you couldn’t find sprinkles?? so weird. i got mine from target last year.. or was it ralph’s. i always thought those silver sprinkles were sort of inedible! haha.
    i also did sugar cookies for the first time this year! it was fun. did you find your dough really soft, even after being in fridge? or was it ok?

  5. Wow, didn’t realize sprinkles were in such demand this year. Did you try Michael’s? They usually have lots of stuff.

  6. I usually go to Do It With Icing. They have a ton of baking items. its on Clairemont Mesa Blvd (858) 268-1234. (right next to Ranch 99)

  7. I enjoy munching on these cookies as a snack. hope you enjoy the recipe.

  8. I had some sprinkles I bought before, but I left them at my parent’s house, so I couldn’t use them. The herb idea is lovely!

  9. Hehee. Finishing sprinkles makes sense too! They are the finishing touches on cookies..

  10. Your cookies came out so cute! I refrigerated my dough overnight. At first it was hard as a rock. After a while it softened, and then by the time I was cutting, it was super soft. It was manageable, but it was hard to transfer some of my shapes and I had to redo a bunch. I ended up not rolling my dough as thin. When it’s thicker, I found that the cookie dough doesn’t stretch as much when you are removing the cutouts.

  11. These are the exact sprinkles I was looking for! Which I’ve seen before at Target and maybe Ralphs too. I bought them from Target before, but I left the container at my parents’ place. I saw this one on amazon but it was too late with the shipping.

  12. I didn’t realize the high demand either..I didn’t try Michael’s. I thought about it but by then I had already been to so many places and Boyfriend told me to give up.

  13. Oh I’ve never been to this store! I was wondering if there was a special decorating baked goods store nearby. Thanks for the tip!

  14. I love sugar cookies! Here’s a link where you’ll find all kinds of seasonal and year-round baking products (and recipes):

  15. What a cute holiday recipe! Would you like to submit it to my contest to win a cookbook? Just wanting to share the holiday cheer (and exposure to your blog) Would love for you to win 🙂

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