This recipe always comes out perfect. My toddlers and I make these often. I throw the dough together in the morning and let it sit in the fridge. I take it out at dinner time to let it warm just a bit, and we roll them out and ice them after for dessert. You use different flavors of extract and add spices. For fall, I use maple extract and add cinnamon and nutmeg. I use my mixer to prepare dough and it comes together super easy.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 large cookies
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Blend egg and vanilla extract into the butter mixture.

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  • Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl; mix into the butter mixture until just incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator and let the dough warm to room temperature.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough out onto a flat surface to about 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters; arrange onto baking sheets.

  • Bake cookies until firm in the center, but not yet browning, 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool briefly on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

135 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 17.3g 6% DV; fat 6.3g 10% DV; cholesterol 30.8mg 10% DV; sodium 164.3mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
Made these today with 3 pre-schoolers. Very easy dough to make and handle and kept the shape quite well. Maybe because it calls for confectioner's sugar instead of granulated. We didn't let these chill for more than 20 minutes and they were still fine. They were also delicious and were eaten up while they were still too hot to hold. This recipe will stay in the recipe box for a long time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/30/2014
Dough was awful! 1/2 cup confectionary sugar wasn't enough to make a tasty dough Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
Made these today with 3 pre-schoolers. Very easy dough to make and handle and kept the shape quite well. Maybe because it calls for confectioner's sugar instead of granulated. We didn't let these chill for more than 20 minutes and they were still fine. They were also delicious and were eaten up while they were still too hot to hold. This recipe will stay in the recipe box for a long time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2013
These cookies are very good! I just picked up a few new cookie cutters and I wanted to 'test' them out. This recipe was perfect because besides being super simple to mix up it makes a smaller batch and that's just what I was looking for. These kept their shape well and have a great buttery flavor. They do sort of 'puff' a bit but do not spread. The kids are really enjoying being the taste testers too! Though these will not replace my favorite cut-out cookie recipe I will def be making them again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2013
This recipe was perfect to work with...I have a special needs daughter and this dough was great for her to work with! I was only able to chill it for about 10 minutes and it was so easy to roll out. I added a splash of lemon juice...Mmmm perfect Ty for a great cut out cookie recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2014
I will never ever be afraid to make roll out cookies again! I have never had any luck making cut out cookies-they dough always breaks apart. This recipe was easy tasty and made perfect cut out Teddy Bear cookies for my granddaughter's birthday. Next time I will double the recipe because it only makes a small batch. Thank you Sarah for making the impossible for me possible. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/30/2014
Dough was awful! 1/2 cup confectionary sugar wasn't enough to make a tasty dough Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2013
This is the perfect sugar cookie cut out recipe ever! The best one I have tried! I used this to make my cut out cookies for Christmas and the dough was so great to work with! Very easy to mix up and the cookies come out picture perfect! A recipe! This one is a keeper for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
This was fantastic. I will make again for sure. My son is 5 and this IS GREAT for toddlers...NO FLOUR...I LOVE IT thanks for posting Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/14/2015
I tried many other cookie dough recipes but returned to this one. It's a good recipe to make a small batch. 4 stars because I had to do a couple modifications to fit my taste: 3/4 cups of conf. sugar instead of 1/2 cup 1 full stick butter instead 6 tbsp. What I love about the recipe is the taste of cookies not too crumbly with a little crisp and easy ingrediens. Also this dough is versatile. I tried it with a cookie press right after mixing ingredients - great results! Now my modified version of this recipe is my to go recipe for baking spritz or roll out cookies. Oh try to substitute 1/2 cup of flour with cocoa powder - you'll get wonderful chocolate cookies!! Definitely try this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2014
super easy I feel it needs more confectioners sugar lime 1 cup. really easy to work with and to decorate. It doesn't taste bad just a little more sugar. Read More
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