Easy to Make Recipe: Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Updated on February 11, 2020
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Sydney Spence enjoys trying to new recipes. Sydney is the author of a cookbook called "Cooking and Chaos."

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 is that you can shape them to be anything you want!

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. Refrigerate for half an hour to one hour to make dough easier to roll out.
  8. Roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin and use cookie cutter or drop by teaspoon on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.
  9. Press balls flat with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. For cut out cookies, just place on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake until lightly browned.
  11. Decorate with icing and sprinkles if desired.

Buttercream Icing Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Food coloring


  1. Cream butter and Crisco together.
  2. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time.
  3. Add milk by teaspoon until you achieve the consistency you desire.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Stir well using a hand blender or mixing bowl.
  6. Add food color to achieve the color you want the icing to be.


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Questions & Answers

  • Can this dough be frozen?

    Yes! It can be frozen!

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      14 months ago

      this looks and tastes great thanks so much!

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      17 months ago

      I made these for Christmas and they were so good!! They were just a hint of crispy on the edges and super soft which tasted delicious. My family loved it!!

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      22 months ago

      So good I love them

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      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed!

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      2 years ago

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

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      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

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      2 years ago

      Sooo good!

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      4 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 years ago from Austin Texas

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment suzettenaples!

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 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!


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