Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe
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Sugar Cookie Cutouts Recipe

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I must have over 100 different cookie cutters and have had fun putting them to use with this recipe over the years. Each Christmas, my brother, sister and I would eagerly wait for Grandpa and Grandma to arrive with these cookies in tow. —Elizabeth Walters, Waterloo, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • Food coloring and colored sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 139 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in cream. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  3. In another large bowl, cream butter, sugar, vanilla and enough cream to achieve spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Frost cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Sugar Cookie Cutouts in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p111

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Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"These cookies were a huge hit when made as rubber ducks for my cousins bridal shower (he proposed with rubber ducks). The only problem I had was with the frosting being a little clumpy, I would suggest sifting the powdered sugar to make sure there are no lumps."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"My family cant stay away from these. I have finally found the only recipe i will use for now on whhen comes to cutout cookies!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This has become our family's traditional cutout recipe. I have not tried the icing listed, but make several batches of this cookie through the year. We love it! As for the sticky dough, we just use lots of flour in working with it and the taste and texture is wonderful!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"when i tried this recipe it came out to much baking soda n baking powder taste had to throw it the trash can. and was hard to work with too to sticky find a different recipe"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"This cookie tasted much better than the last sugar cookie I tried from TOH (the Boneyard Cookies). It took my batches 7-9 minutes to cook, but I live at 5400 feet in elevation.

There were 2 issues though:
1. The dough was very sticky (even after refrigerating for 4 hours), so I had to put a LOT of flour on the counter and rolling pin when rolling out and had to scrap some of the cutouts when they stuck to the counter and ripped.
2. The icing tastes great and dries wonderful, but it dries FAST. You can't take your time decorating these cookies or the icing will harden on you.
All in all, I will probably make these again and just remember these pointers."

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