Grandma's Cutout Sugar Cookies


My grandma made these every year and it was passed down to my mother and now me.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 16 mins
6 dozen


  • 2 cups butter

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (Optional)

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add first egg while continuing to beat, incorporating the egg fully before adding the second and beating fully into the mixture. Beat vanilla extract and almond extract into the mixture with the third egg.

  2. Stir flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl; add to the wet mixture and beat just until the wet and dry combine into a cookie dough. Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours.

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

  4. Roll dough out onto a flour-dusted surface and cut with cookie cutters. Arrange cut cookies onto baking sheets.

  5. Bake cookies in preheated oven until beginning to brown around edges, 6 to 8 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 72
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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