Sugar Cut Out Cookies

By Jennette Ross / October 23, 2015
sugar cut out cookies

Sugar cut out cookies are fun and bring out everyone's creative side with all the clever ways to decorate them.  Today I am sharing my very own mother's recipe. I grew up eating these yummy cookies.

Of course sugar cut out cookie dough can add sweetness to any holiday or celebration. My mom always pulled out the rolling pin and cookie cutters every Christmas. My brothers and I spent hours every winter break trying to top last years attempts at the best decorated cookie in the Lashley household. 

The tradition still holds today and I have adopted the same festive competition in my home with my five children. ​Perhaps you too will add sugar cut out cookies this Christmas or maybe whip up a batch for a friend for Valentine's Day. 

Whatever the reason to celebrate, this recipe is sure to become a welcomed tradition. I've always loved the hint of almond and vanilla in each bite. You can ice these cookies with any type of icing. Try adding a dash of the almond extract to the icing for a nice touch.  ​

Sugar Cut Out Cookies 

sugar cut out cookies


1 cup soft margarine, softened

1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • Mix butter, confectioner sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extract thoroughly.
  • Blend in flour, soda, and cream of tartar.
  • Cover and chill 2-3 hours.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll each half 3/16" thick on lightly floured surface.
  • Cut into desired shapes.
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, or one lined with a silicone pad. 
  • Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown. 
About the author

Jennette Ross

Mother of five and creator of Cooking Upgrades, Jennette enjoys helping people get the most out of their experience in the kitchen and at the dinner table.

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