Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are made best with butter! This dough is fast and easy to make and even easier to eat.
1 hr Prep Time
15 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 1 hr
  • Cook Time: 15 min


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar using electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined.

Step 3

Add flour and salt; mix on low speed until incorporated.

Step 4

Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 5

Flour your surface and roll out the dough to desired thickness (1/8 inch or less).

Step 6

Use cookie cutter of your choice and place cut outs on lined baking sheets.

Step 7

Bake cookies just until edges begin to turn golden brown, 11-13 minutes for large cookies, 7-8 minutes for medium cookies, and 5-7 minutes for small cookies.

Step 8

Let cookies cool on the sheet pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.