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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

These are the best cut-out sugar cookies that are easy to make and come out perfect every time! The dough comes together fast, doesn't need to chill, and doesn't spread at all while baking, so you're cookies will always look picture-perfect! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 169 kcal


  • Cookie cutters


  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Sugar Cookie Icing:

  • 2 and ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 3 tbsp. whole milk
  • ½ tsp. (clear) vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • gel food coloring, optional
  • sprinkles, optional


  • In a medium bowl whisk the flour, cornstarch, salt, and set aside.
  • Use an electric mixer to cream the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the room temperature egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the dry ingredients and mix until evenly combined. The dough will be very thick.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. (Do not grease)
  • Form the dough into a large ball and divide it in half or quarters (optional, makes rolling out easier). Lightly flour a clean surface and your rolling pin and roll the dough out to about ¼” thick.
  • Cut out the cookie shapes and arrange them on the prepared pan. Gather up the dough scraps, re-roll, and repeat until all of the dough is used. Sprinkle the dough and your rolling pin with more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until just starting to lightly brown on the bottom. The cookies will set and harden as they cool. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan and then transfer to a plate or a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Make the icing: In a large bowl whisk the powdered sugar, light corn syrup, milk, clear vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Decorate the cookies as desired once they've completely cooled. If adding sprinkles or candy make sure you add them before the icing sets.


Serving: 1cookie (frosted)Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 27.5gProtein: 2gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 16mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 17.3gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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