Print How To Make Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Sugar cookies are a holiday classic! All it takes is a few ingredients, including real butter, to create a tender, buttery cookie. Learn how to make this timeless recipe. Get Started Step 1: Start with softened butter. Make sure it is not too soft or melted. It should be just soft enough to press your finger into easily. Step 2: Cream 3/4 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar until well incorporated. Add one egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla and mix until light, fluffy, and paler in color. Step 3: Add 2 1/4 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, but be careful not to overmix. Step 4: Take time to chill! Refrigerate your dough for 30 minutes to an hour before rolling it out. Step 5: Roll out your dough on a floured surface, cut into desired shapes, and place onto a lined baking sheet. Step 6: Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes or just until the edges are a light golden brown. Be sure to let them cool before decorating! Ready to get started?