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The Best Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

The best no spread, no fail cut out sugar cookie recipe! These cookies are soft and buttery and always hold their shape! Switch out the flavors to make this recipe work for any occasion or holiday.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
chilling: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 12 cookies
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 g) Unsalted butter Room temperature
  • 8 ounces (227 g) Granulated sugar
  • 1 large (1 large) Egg
  • 1 teaspoon (1 tsp) Vanilla extract
  • 18 ounces (510 g) AP flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (1 1/2 tsp) Baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 tsp) Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon (1 tsp) Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1/4 tsp) Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

Simple Sugar Cookie Instructions

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, place your room temperature butter and granulated sugar.
  • Cream the butter and sugar using the paddle attachment and mix it on low until it’s smooth. Creamed butter should be fluffy and pale yellow in color.
  • Next, add an egg and mix it on medium speed (speed 2 on a Bosch, speed 4 on KitchenAid mixer) until it is fully incorporated. Scrape the bowl when necessary to make sure the egg incorporates.
  • Then, add in the vanilla extract and mix it until it’s just incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk your dry ingredients (AP flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking powder) together. 
  • Add the dry ingredients into stand mixer about 1/3 of total dry ingredients at a time using a scoop. Mix it until it’s fully incorporated. Start the speed on slow until the flour starts to incorporate, then turn up the speed to a medium speed setting. Scrape the bowl as needed to fully incorporate the ingredients.
  • Then, once the flour is fully incorporated you will add the milk. Continue to mix it on slow until the dough becomes a solid mass. 
  • Scrape out the mixer bowl and then wrap up your sugar cookie dough in plastic wrap.
  • Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  • Knead the cookie dough, and then roll it until it is thin enough to cut cookie shapes.
  • Use your desired cookie cutter to cut out uniform shapes.
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.
  • Next, put the cookie sheet back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to allow the dough to chill again. Chilled cookie dough will keep it’s shape in the oven and not expand or warp.
  • Bake the chilled cookies at (350ºF 177ºC) for 10-14 minutes depending on the size of the cookie. Cookies will be done once they are slightly golden brown on the edge.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients to avoid cookie failure. Using a kitchen scale for baking is super easy and gives you the best results every single time. 
  • Practice Mise en Place (everything in its place). Measure out your ingredients ahead of time and have them ready before you start mixing to reduce the chances of accidentally leaving something out.
  • After you prepare your cookie dough, ensure you wrap it up in some plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. 
  • Chilled cookie dough will keep its shape in the oven and not expand or warp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 322kcal (16%) | Carbohydrates: 40g (13%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 16g (25%) | Saturated Fat: 9g (45%) | Cholesterol: 56mg (19%) | Sodium: 142mg (6%) | Potassium: 106mg (3%) | Sugar: 16g (18%) | Vitamin A: 495IU (10%) | Calcium: 39mg (4%) | Iron: 1.6mg (9%)