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Easy to Make Recipe: Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Sydney Spence enjoys trying to new recipes and sharing her own family recipes with others.

Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe

Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe

Perfect for Any Occasion

With everything going on in the world, and lots of time to spend at home, making cookies is one of the best past times for creating memories.

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

8 min

13 min

Makes 2 dozen (depending on size)

Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe

Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe


  • 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. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar, eggs and vanilla together. Make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Stir in baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, while stirring until it has a thicker consistency.
  5. Pour in 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. Stir well until the dough is thick.
  6. If making cut-out cookies, add an additional 1/2 cup flour to the dough to make easier to roll out.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.
  8. Lightly flour a cutting board and lightly spray a cookie sheet.
  9. Remove dough from fridge and create a ball out of the dough.
  10. Place dough on cutting board and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin.
  11. If making regular round sugar cookies: Use a regular spoon to scoop dough and create small balls. Place on cookie sheet. With a flat bottom drinking glass, lightly coat bottom with sugar and flatten the ball.
  12. For cut out cookies, use the cookie cutter of your choice on the rolled out dough and then place on cookie sheet.
  13. Bake until very lightly browned. (You may not want the brown edges so, just bake for a few minutes less)
  14. Decorate with icing and sprinkles if desired.

Easy to Make Buttercream Icing Recipe

What's a sugar cookie recipe without the frosting? Here's our family recipe for Buttercream Icing:


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


  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.
Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe

Easy to Make Sugar Cookie Recipe - A Spence Family Recipe

Questions & Answers

Question: Can this dough be frozen?

Answer: Yes! It can be frozen!

© 2013 Sydney Spence


MIMI on May 11, 2020:


elana on March 14, 2019:

this looks and tastes great thanks so much!

Elizabeth on December 24, 2018:

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!!

Anant on July 13, 2018:

So good I love them

Deb on March 18, 2018:

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.

Sydney Spence (author) from Austin Texas on March 02, 2018:

Thank you!! So glad you enjoyed!

ashleexry on February 19, 2018:

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

sz on December 10, 2017:

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.

kay martin on December 06, 2017:

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

Tiff on November 30, 2017:

Sooo good!

christine on November 02, 2015:

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

Sydney Spence (author) from Austin Texas on April 21, 2013:

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

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 20, 2013:

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

Sydney Spence (author) from Austin Texas on March 28, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment suzettenaples!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on March 28, 2013:

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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