Tender soft sugar cookie made into heart with cookie cutter.

The BEST Cut-Out Cookie Recipe

How to make the BEST Sugar Cookie--soft, tender, and perfect for decorating or eating alone. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cut Out Cookies, Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar for rolling


  • In a large mixing bowl (or your stand mixer), beat together butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Add eggs, one at time with mixer running on low. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until well combined for about 2-3 minutes. Add extracts as mixer is going.
  • Combine dry ingredients and slowly add to butter mixture, beating on low until just combined.
  • Place about 1 cup dough mixture onto parchment paper or wax paper that has been dusted with powdered sugar and cover with an additional sheet of parchment paper. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and place in sealed storage bag or large covered container.
  • Repeat until all dough has been rolled out.
  • Place the rolled dough into the refrigerator, sealed well, for 12 hours or overnight. (If you are not planning on using all the dough right away, freeze in well sealed storage bags in freezer.)
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400.
  • Lightly dust cookie cutters with powdered sugar and cut dough as desired.
  • Re-roll scraps to cut more shapes.
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit on cookie sheet on a cooling rack for 2-3 minutes and then gently remove cookies from tray and allow to fully cool before icing.


The recipe time does not include the chilling of the dough. You need to chill at least 12 hours, if not 24 hours for best results.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Cut-Out Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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