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Sugar Cookie Recipe for Cookie Cutters

Sugar Cookie Recipe for Cookie Cutters

Here's my favorite sugar cookie recipe for cookie cutters!

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Cups (4 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon your flavoring of choice. I like to add the zest of one large lemon, but we sell dozens of flavors you can try.
  • 6 cups white all-purpose flour (see note below)

What flour should I use for cut out cookies? Do not use self-raising flour, because it will make your cookies expand and not hold their shape. We recommend a white all-purpose flour like King Arthur, Gold Medal, White Lily, Pillsbury, or Bob's Red Mill. 

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until just incorporated. Add eggs, vanilla, and your flavoring of choice. Mix at low speed until fully blended. Then add flour, 2 cups at a time, starting on low speed and then increasing if necessary. You will know your dough has been mixed enough after all the flour has been added, when it pulls away from the sides of your bowl and clumps around the mixing paddle. 

Roll out to 1/4" thickness. You do not need to chill this recipe. Unless you prefer to use chilled dough, so that it is easier to handle when you are cutting it and moving it to your cookie sheet.

cut out cookies on a sheet

How do I keep cut out cookies from burning?

Use Mesh Cookie Baking Mats (link) or parchment on your baking sheets to keep your cookies from burning and spreading.

How long do I bake cut out cookies for?

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until cookies have just started to turn golden brown around the edges. For best results bake similar sized cookies on the same cookie sheet.

If I have 2 cookie sheets in the oven at once, I like to swap them halfway through, so they cook more evenly.

Should I turn on convection to bake my cookies?

I don't use my oven on convection as I find it cooks my cookies too fast and sometimes burns them. You may need to experiment with your oven for best results.

How many cut out cookies can I make from one batch?

Yield will greatly depend on the size of the cookies you are making - but you will get about 3 dozen 3" cookies. You can halve this recipe for a smaller batch.

Where can I buy unique cookie cutters?

The Cookie Countess online store sells over 200 styles of cookie cutters for Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, baby showers, and more!

Happy Baking! 

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