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Old Fashioned Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These Old Fashioned Cut Out Sugar Cookies are a classic holiday treat. The recipe is easy to follow and tastes just like the ones your grandma used to make.

There’s something special about the simplicity and nostalgia of an old-fashioned rolled sugar cookie. These cookies are a Christmas staple, and for good reason. They’re soft and slightly chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness and by far the best cut out sugar cookie recipe in the world.

They’re also a cinch to make – no need for fancy equipment or ingredients. And because they’re cut-outs, they’re perfect for decorating with your kids or grandkids.

This recipe has been in my family for many years. I was hesitant to share this because it’s a family recipe but it’s too good not to share.

So what are you waiting for? Gather the ingredients and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These sugar cookies are soft, fluffy, and full of flavor.
  • They’re easy to make, and you can decorate them however you like.
  • They’re perfect for Christmas parties, gifts or cookie exchanges.
  • You can use this recipe for any occasion.

What You Need

  • Sugar
  • Margarine
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Flour

Equipment Used

How to Make Cut Out Sugar Cookies

To make old fashioned rolled sugar cookies, start by creaming together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add ingredients in this order; Beat in the eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract until well combined.

Then slowly add in the flour while mixing until a smooth dough forms. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out your cookies with a cookie cutter or a knife, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, or until they’re lightly golden around the edges.

When the cookies are done, let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate the cookies with icing or sprinkles. Allow frosting to harden for 2-4 hours before placing it in containers.

Recipe Tips

  • Dough is supposed to be soft. If the dough is too sticky to work with, you can add a little extra flour.
  • Let your cookies cool completely before adding frosting or decorations – this will help them hold their shape.
  • Room temperature butter is key for getting the right consistency, so be sure to set your butter out ahead of time.
  • Don’t over-bake your cookies – they should be just lightly golden around the edges.
  • When cutting out your cookies, be sure to flour your work surface and rolling pin well. This will prevent the dough from sticking and making a mess.

FAQs

What is the best way to store these cookies?

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

How long will these cookies stay fresh?

These sugar cookies will last about 2-3 weeks.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes! Place cookies in an airtight containers or freezer bags with wax paper in between the layers to prevent from sticking. Store for up to 6 months.

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Old Fashioned Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Old Fashioned Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Yield: Makes 40 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These Old Fashioned Cut Out Sugar Cookies are a classic holiday treat. The recipe is easy to follow and tastes just like the ones your grandma used to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lb. margarine, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • Extra flour for rolling out dough

Instructions

  1. To make old fashioned rolled sugar cookies, start by creaming together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add ingredients in this order; Beat in the eggs, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Then slowly add in the flour while mixing until a smooth dough forms. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out your cookies with a cookie cutter or a knife, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, or until they're lightly golden around the edges.
  6. When the cookies are done, let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Decorate the cookies with icing or sprinkles.
  8. Allow frosting to harden for 2-4 hours before placing it in containers.
  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.

Notes

Recipe Tips

  • Dough is supposed to be soft. If the dough is too sticky to work with, you can add a little extra flour.
  • Let your cookies cool completely before adding frosting or decorations - this will help them hold their shape.
  • Room temperature butter is key for getting the right consistency, so be sure to set your butter out ahead of time.
  • Don't over-bake your cookies - they should be just lightly golden around the edges.
  • When cutting out your cookies, be sure to flour your work surface and rolling pin well. This will prevent the dough from sticking and making a mess.

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