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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


about 2-1/2 dozen (3-inch cookies)

Cutting fun shapes from sweet dough and decorating the cookies with icing and candies is a Christmas-time tradition many families, including Sherry Taylor's. "This easy sugar cookie recipe yields delicious results," assures this Metropolis, Illinois subscriber.
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For icing, cream the butter and shortening in a bowl. Add vanilla and salt. Gradually add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Tint icing with desired colors of food coloring; decorate the cookies.

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  • 1Revelation
    Feb 14, 2021

    Excellent recipe. I found this several years ago and have never used a different sugar cookie recipe since. These are delicious! The frosting is perfect. These are always a joy at the holidays with my grandkids and they’re eaten up as quickly as we get them decorated. Will be using this one for many holidays to come!

  • Jane
    Dec 17, 2019

    These cookies were delicious and so easy to make! I will definitely keep this handy and will be my go to recipe for cookies throughout the year! The only thing I did was to just put sprinkles on top of the cookies rather than icing only because I did not have a pastry bag to decorate them - but will be getting one and then will use the icing recipe for them! Thank you!

  • Beatrice
    Dec 18, 2016

    Gross. Followed the recipe exactly, and chilled it. It was crumbly, dry, and unworkable. Tossing out this recipe. NASTY.

  • stwood64
    Mar 25, 2013

    No comment left

  • kengrants
    Dec 21, 2011

    These are really good. The powdered sugar makes them really light and soft. The dough is really sticky and soft though, so you have to add a lot of flour when you roll them out.

  • eli05
    Nov 11, 2011

    I love theses!