Easy to Make Recipe: Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Updated on February 3, 2018
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Sydney Spence enjoys trying to new recipes. Sydney is the author of Cooking and Chaos Cookbook on Amazon.

Perfect for Any Occasion

Sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion; birthday parties, school parties, holidays, and even as a way to say thank you. The best part of cut-out cookies, you can shape them to be anything you want to be! My great-grandmother shared this recipe with my mom who passed it down to me. I've passed it down to my daughters who will someday pass it on to theirs. Did I mention this makes great family memories too?

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we have over the years.

TIP: Add a little more flour to make the dough stiffer in order to roll out and make cut-out cookies.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 13 min
Yields: Makes 2 Dozen Depending on Size


  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil


  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time while stirring.
  4. Stir in baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix in vegetable oil and stir well.
  6. If making cut-out cookies, add 1/2 cup flour to stiffen the dough.
  7. Drop by teaspoon on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.
  8. Press balls flat with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. If making cut-outs, roll out dough with rolling pin and then use desired cookie cutter shape before placing on cookie sheet.
  9. Bake until lightly browned.
  10. Decorate with icing and sprinkles if desired.

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        Deb 4 weeks ago

        Really quick and easy for beginner bakers. I feel that it needs a bit more vanilla since it doesn’t have butter for the fat.

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        Sydney Spence 7 weeks ago from Austin Texas

        Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed!

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        ashleexry 2 months ago

        These tasted Ah-Mazing! Tried the softer version, and they were perfectly melt-in-your-mouth and soft.

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        sz 4 months ago

        i made these today and they didn't come out anything like the picture. they were really bumpy and not smooth. i follwed the directions exactly but refrigerated the dough before shaping because it was too runny. also had to add more flour than the recipe says.

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        kay martin 4 months ago

        Approximately how much flour does one add for roll out cookies? I'm new to roll out cookies. Thanks!

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        Tiff 4 months ago

        Sooo good!

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        christine 2 years ago

        Love this recipe it was so easy to follow and my 3 kids loved helping me make them I will be doing these cookies again for my son birthday party at the end of the month

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        Sydney Spence 5 years ago from Austin Texas

        @Careermommy hmmm snickerdoodles! I have yet to try to make those! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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        Tirralan Watkins 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        sydneyspence, this looks great. My family loves sugar cookies. I just made snickerdoodle cookies today. I will bookmark this recipe for later.

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        Sydney Spence 5 years ago from Austin Texas

        Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment suzettenaples!

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        Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

        I love your sugar cookie recipe and I am going to try it. I like that it has vegetable oil in it. It looks easy to make which I love! Thanks for sharing this with us! The other recipes look yummy, too!