1 Dozen Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

The third most-requested cookie recipe from y’all last week was cut-out sugar cookies.  I shared this recipe last year, and I’m so happy to share it again because I happen to think it’s the cutest recipe on this site.  I may be biased, but I’m also right.

Today is a perfect day to stay home and roll out sugar cookies because we just got our first snow here in north eastern Kansas.  There’s no way they would let someone like me on the road today:  I have a California driver’s license and Texas license plates on my car.  I get disqualified from driving in snow automatically.  Not to mention, there’s no way I could keep my eyes on the road because I cannot stop staring at the snow.  I love it when the wind blows flurries of snowflakes!  Our yard looks like a Christmas card.  When the snow plows came through the neighborhood at 2am last night, I hopped out of bed like a kid who heard Santa in the chimney.  Only a Southerner would marvel at such things.

So, for the safety of everyone, I’ll stay home and bake.  If anyone should slide down into our cul-de-sac and not be able to get out, they’ve got cookies awaiting.  I’m worried about the 5 deer that live in woods behind our house.  What do animals do in the snow?  Maybe they’d like some cookies too?

The Mr and I are off to Dallas for the first part of Christmas, then head to Georgia for the rest.  There’s no doubt I’ll be posting photos on Instagram.  Don’t worry, he’s driving us to Dallas.


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1 Dozen Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
  • ¾ cup flour, plus extra for rolling
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
For the icing:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-5 teaspoons milk
  • a few drops of vanilla
  • a few drops of red food coloring (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, add the egg yolk and extracts. Once well incorporated, sprinkle over half the flour mixture and beat gently until combined, then sprinkle over the rest. Beat until no streaks of flour remain, but be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Dust a clean counter top with flour, and dump the dough out onto it. Gather it into a ball and press it into a 2″ thick round disk. Flour your rolling pin, then roll out the dough out big enough to cut out about 8 shapes. Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out 4 more shapes and place them on the cookie sheet.
  4. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350.
  5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies just start to turn brown. Let them sit on the sheet a few minutes before moving them a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once the cookies are completely cool, make the icing by whisking together all ingredients. Start with 3 teaspoon milk, and add more to achieve a slightly runny consistency. Ice your cookies by outlining the shape using a squeeze bottle or small piping bag with a tip, then flood the icing within the borders to fill it in. To make the little hearts, scoop a small amount of the frosting into a separate bowl and add red food coloring until you get the desired color. Use a toothpick to make heart shapes.



  1. Maggie says

    Don’t worry, the deer will likely be fine if it’s not a terribly deep snow. If you do get a couple feet of snow, deep enough that they can’t forage for food, you can get some cracked corn or horse feed at Tractor Supply or Southern States and scatter that out for them.

  2. says

    I’m snowed in today as well! Being stuck with these adorable (yes, they are adorable) cookies would make things so much more fun! I love that you have a recipe for 12–most cut out cookie recipes make at least 4 dozen, and while I love cookies, I just can’t handle all that frosting.
    Have a safe trip! (I’ll be heading to KS myself, and the Mr. is DEFINITELY driving)

  3. says

    awwww snow! I don’t think I would be allowed to drive in it either. I’m a californian through and through and everyone knows we can’t even drive in the rain!

    Love that you have Texas cookie cutter and these sugar cookies are so cute!

  4. Vicki says

    Sugar cookies are definitely a favorite for our family. My plan this year is for Nana to bake the cookies and on Christmas after brunch and gifts…..the grands are going to decorate the cookies. I better get busy!!
    I’m glad you are enjoying the snow, it is beautiful. May you have a blessed time with your family and safety for the two of you as you travel. :)

  5. Brynn_ND says

    Maggie is right about the deer, so don’t worry. Unless it’s deep, they will push it away. Being in North Dakota, I know about snow.

  6. says

    Awww. These cookies are really cute. As a girl who was raised in Colorado, I can say driving in snow is scarry. Well maybe I’m a little biased because I’ve only had my lisence for almost 3 years. I too would rather just look at all the little snow flurries. :)

  7. Rachel says

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe. It is amazing; the best tasting sugar cookies I’ve ever made. My dough was a bit too dry, so I added a bit of milk to hold it together and it was perfect. Thanks again!

  8. Shannon says

    Hi Christina! – I found your website through a quick google search, and your recipe for a small batch is exactly what I was looking for.

    The dough was perfect, but I had a question about the frosting.. is 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and only 3-5 tsp of milk correct? I wound up using probably closer to 1/4 cup of milk just to get all of the sugar wet!

    Just figured I’d leave a comment so you could review it.. I love the idea for your site, I’ll be checking back in :)

  9. Gab says

    Um I was wondering if it’s 3/4 cup of flour and I was to make it a chocolate sugar cookie dough wouldn’t I add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder or 2/4 cup

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