Cut Out Cookies | A Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Prep Time 15 mins Inactive Time 2 hours Cook Time 7-8 mins Yields 24

Delicious cut out sugar cookies that can be enjoyed all year long. These cookies are a classic holiday treat that are delicious plain, and also festive to add sugar crystals or icing.


  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • colored sprinkles or icing


Cream sugar and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Add egg and extracts and mix until well combined.

In a medium bowl sift the cream of tarter, baking soda, and flour together.  Add dry ingredients into creamed mixture and mix until dough holds together in a ball. 

Divide dough in half and cover with saran wrap. Cover and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours

Preheat oven to 375º. 

Roll dough out on surface lightly dusted with confectioner’s sugar and cut with cookie cutters. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Decorate with crystals or bake plain and add icing once cookies are cooled. 

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the cookies begin turning a light brown at the edges.

Cool for 5 minutes before placing on a baking rack.


Recipe Notes

Recipe from Seduction In The Kitchen

Note:  Sugar alternative can be used in place of granulated sugar for a sugar free cookie. 

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