My mom's Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies bring me tons of childhood memories. Made with simple ingredients and topped with a delicious and quick icing! |

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies bring me waaayyyy back. My mother, Norma Jean, made these during my childhood, and the memories are flooding in.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cut out sugar cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 288 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the icing:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 6.5-7 cups powdered sugar - or to right of consistency
  • food coloring - I used two colors of green
  • sprinkles


For the cookies:

  1. In a standing mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients - the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Pour into mixer and combine with wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Don't over-mix.

  3. Scoop dough into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least several hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Form the dough into a ball and place on floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out into thin layer, about 1/4 of an inch.

  6. Take cookie cutter, and cut shapes out of dough. Lift gently onto prepared baking sheets. 

  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove to cooling racks.

For the icing:

  1. Mix the icing ingredients together and stir until well combined. If the frosting is too wet, add more powdered sugar. If it is too dry, add some half and half (slowly - about 1 teaspoon at a time)

  2. When the consistency is correct, separate into two bowls (the tree outline will take far less frosting so add less to one bowl). Add food coloring to each bowl, placing the one for the tree outline in the decorating kit. 

  3. Spread some of the darker green icing on the cookies. Draw a tree with the fluorescent green. and them add sprinkles.

Recipe Notes

Other tips:

  1. Make the dough the day before you bake the cookies. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Use plenty of flour on the surface before rolling the dough out. This will ensure it doesn't stick.
  3. Be careful to not OVER-roll. You want the cookies to be about 1/4 inch before baking. If you roll too much, the cookies will be too flat and not as tasty.
  4. After cutting the shapes out, take all the scraps (left around the shapes) and roll out again to make additional cookies.
  5. To freeze cookies, place in single layer on baking sheet. Then place in freezer for 30 minutes to quick freeze. Repeat until all cookies are frozen. Stack cookies in airtight container and store in freezer for up to two months.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.