pleasin’ cut out sugar cookies

★★★★☆ 6
By Sea Sun
from West Des Moines, IA

I have tried a lot of cut out cookie recipes, but this is my very favorite and reminds me of the cut outs my grandmother used to make. This dough is relatively easy to work with both at room temperature and after it has been chilled. Dough may also be made ahead and frozen. The cookies bake well without over browning and come out firm (not soft, or cake-like) while keeping their shape. The glaze dries to the touch so these are perfect for packaging and/or placing on a cookie platter.

★★★★☆ 6
serves 5 dozen, 3" cookines
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For pleasin’ cut out sugar cookies

  • COOKIES
  • 6 c
    flour
  • 3 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 c
    butter (unsalted)
  • 2 c
    sugar
  • 2 lg
    eggs
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • ICING
  • 2 1/4 cups c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    light corn syrup
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla or almond extract
  • food coloring

How To Make pleasin’ cut out sugar cookies

  • 1
    Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, extract and mix well.
  • 2
    Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture gradually. Mix until flour is incorporated and dough comes together.
  • 3
    Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Let dough "warm" at room temperature for about 10 minutes to make it easier to work with. Work with half of the dough at a time, rolling it out to 1/4 inch thick on flour covered surface. Cut with various cookie cutters and transfer to a cookie sheet, placing them at least 2 inches apart.
  • 4
    Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack. When cool, frost with icing and sprinkle before icing has dried.
  • 5
    Mix glaze ingredients until icing is of desired consistency. Use more or less milk if needed.

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