If you’re looking for an easy cut-out sugar cookies recipe this is a great one to try. You only need a handful of ingredients and one bowl to make them. They’re delicious plain or you can decorate them with your favorite frosting and other decorations.
I make a lot of cookies, but I tend to like cookies that don’t require a lot of decoration. I love sugar cookies but tend to serve them plain so I don’t make them very often.
Mostly it’s because my family doesn’t like frosting or anything too overly sweet, but since I like sugar cookies, I figured why not make a batch and just leave them plain? I’ve made sugar cookies with sprinkles before, but this time I left them plain and used holiday cookie cutters to cut them out into different shapes.
What I love about these cut-out sugar cookies is that they taste great all on their own – they don’t need a bunch of frosting, but if you want to decorate them you can do that, too.
Why I Like these Cookies
- The recipe is easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
- You only need one bowl to make the cookie dough.
- You can make the dough ahead and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the cookies.
- It makes a big batch of cookies, which is great for the holidays if you like to give cookies as gifts.
- The cookies are tender and delicious all on their own.
How to Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to combine. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Chill the dough for at least one hour (ideally overnight).
- Roll the dough out, cut out the cookies, and bake them at 400°F for six to eight minutes.
Room Temperature: Cool the sugar cookie fully on baking racks and then store them in an airtight container. I think fresh-baked cookies taste best within three to four days if they are at room temperature, but properly stored they will keep well for up to a week.
Freezer: You can freeze unfrosted cookies, too. Once they are cooled, place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and transfer them to the freezer for 30 minutes or until they are frozen. At this point, you can keep them frozen in an airtight container for several months. To thaw, just leave them out at room temperature.
What’s the best frosting for sugar cookies?
Even though we don’t love frosting I know a lot of people do, so here are a couple of ways to decorate your cookies:
- You can use icing, like royal icing, that has a thinner consistency and typically hardens as it dries. This type of icing is often used to create detailed designs.
- You can also use frosting, like buttercream frosting, which is thicker and good if you want a simple design.
- Of course, you can top your cookies with all different kinds of sprinkles and decorations, too.
If you are looking for more holiday cookie ideas you might like my Christmas cookies round-up with all of my favorite recipes.
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.