No-Stick Cut-Out Sugar Cookies is a foolproof recipe. Get tips for perfect cut-out sugar cookies every time.
Cut-outs are de rigueur during every holiday whether Christmas, Halloween, Easter or St. Patrick's Day.
These are delicious and they keep their shape whether heart, unicorn or tree.
If you like crispy cookies, roll them to an eighth of an inch thick or slightly thicker.
If you like soft, thick sugar cookies, roll the dough to a quarter-inch thick.
Want more of a holiday cut-out cookie? Try Cinnamon Christmas Cookies.
Where can you find cookie cutters?
No-Stick Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Nothing gets my goat more than having a batch of cookies not to turn out. Such a waste of ingredients and time.
But, this dough, dear friend, will not fail you if you measure/weigh ingredients correctly and start with room temperature butter and egg.
Why are my cut-out cookies spreading?
This happens to me if I haven't properly chilled the cookie dough.
- But, there are several reasons why cookies spread too much while baking: including not using room temperature butter
- greasing cookie sheets (always use parchment paper)
- not having the correct ratio of ingredients.
This is a great article at Food52 answering that question.
How do you use cookie cutters?
Roll out your dough to the thickness you desire.
You can use a tool like these rolling pin spacers this to evenly roll the dough out to the thickness you like. (affiliate link)
Grab a cookie cutter and starting at one corner of your dough, press down firmly with the cutter.
Lift and repeat all over the dough until you have no more dough to work with.
If you have trouble with the dough sticking to the cookie cutter, you can dip the cutter into powdered sugar before cutting each cookie shape.
Using a metal spatula, carefully lift off each cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet until the sheet is full.
Depending on the size of the cookie cutter you're using, you might be able to a dozen or more cookies on the baking sheet.
Is your dough too dry and crumbly?
Is your sugar cookie dough sticky?
Foolproof No-Stick Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
No-stick, cut-out sugar cookies will be your new go-to recipe.
- ¾ cup butter (170g), room temperature
- ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon fiori di sicilia extract (King Arthur)
- 2 and ¼ cups (281g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon (4g) baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon (3g) kosher salt
- Weigh dry ingredients-flour through salt, put in a medium bowl and set aside.
Beat butter about three minutes or until pale yellow in bowl of a stand mixer or in a large mixing bowl with electric beaters.
Add sugar and continue beating until the sugar is dissolved.
Crack egg into a measuring cup or a small bowl then add to dough.
Add vanilla extract and Fiori di Sicilia extract (if using) and beat until combined.
Add dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined and all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
Don't over mix. That will lead to tough cookies.
Divide dough in half and place on a piece of parchment paper about the size of a half sheet pan or a cookie sheet.
Roll out each half of dough to a thickness between ⅛th of an inch and a ¼ inch thick--depending on how thin or thick you like your sugar cookies.
Chill dough for at least two hours.
Cut into shapes and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
Frost or decorate.
Makes 48 two-inch cookies.
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Katbite 200Pcs 12x16 In Unbleached Parchment Paper for Baking, Precut Parchment Paper Sheets, Heavy Duty Flat Baking Paper, Half Sheet Baking Sheets for Baking Cookies, Cooking, Air Fryer, Oven
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet, 2-Pack, Silver
Nutrition InformationYield 48 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 86Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 5mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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I love, love, love sugar cookies but rarely make them because I am never happy with the way they turn out appearance-wise. With your tips, I will take a crack at them again. There were so many tips that you gave that I never tried or even thought of when making sugar cookies in the past. As they say, the devil is in the details! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience.
Thank you M.D.! Please let me know how they turn out! Also, I'm very good at sampling cookies!