Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies – A staple Christmas cookie recipe! Soft sugar cookies that keep their shape, perfect for decorating!

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

With the Christmas cookie baking season in full swing, it’s time for a classic cookie recipe that is a must-have staple! Oh yeah, I am talking about sugar cookies.  Every Christmas, we always make at least a batch of these sugar cookies and gingerbread, using cookie cutters and decorating with icing and loads of sprinkles.  It’s the only time of the year where we actually do cut out cookies and it is always exciting.  This year, I made them earlier in December than I normally do because I needed to make my Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies.  It took me all day to decorate just those three sweater cookies so I had to come back and decorate the rest the next day!

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

cut out sugar cookie recipe

Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? Make sure to check out my Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies, Almond Spritz Cookies, and Hot Chocolate Cookies!

Tips on cut out sugar cookies recipe

  • Don’t forget to chill the dough! This is necessary to help keep the shape of the cookies.

Cut Out Cookie Recipe

Yield: 16

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Cut Out Sugar Cookies

A staple Christmas cookie recipe! Soft sugar cookies that keep their shape, perfect for decorating!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add in egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.  Slowly add to the wet ingredients in batches, mixing until well combined.
  3. Roll dough in a ball and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
  4. Remove from refridgerator and roll dough out on a well-floured surface until the dough is 1/4" thick.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and transfer to cookie sheet.  Freeze 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from freezer and bake for 7-8 minutes or until cookies start to turn golden around the edges.

Soft Sugar Cookies

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  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    We used to always make those cookies first at home. These were also our favorites because you can’t really mess anything up and my mum had a huge collection of cut out shapes. Your look perfect! I am more messy then that when I shape cookies. I am not that detailed with cookies, I am more messy then that. 😀

  • Reply
    December 11, 2017 at 11:01 am

    These sugar cookies look perfect!

  • Reply
    Ashley Nunley
    December 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    After I made these cookies my family loved them! ❤️?❤️?‍?‍?‍?????‍♂️????????
    Really good cookies

    • Reply
      December 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed!

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