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Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Cut out sugar cookies are one of the best Christmas sugar cookies recipe to make..Requiring just simple ingredients, these soft and chewy cookies are so much fun to make with the whole family! .

Christmas cookies are part of our family holiday season traditions. This Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie recipe is often the first thing I pull out of my recipe box to make. In fact, my kids think it’s the best sugar cookie recipe of all. The first time I made it with my boys’ help was when they were 2 and 4 years old!

This cut out out sugar cookie recipe is a great recipe that makes a soft sugar cookies that can be easily frozen if desired.

I usually bake the whole batch, let them cool, and then freeze them between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers.

Once it’s time to serve them, I thaw out the baked rolled sugar cookies and mix up a small batch of icing for the amount I want to serve. It’s easy and so delicious.

Rolled sugar cookies - cut out sugar cookies

 

How to Make Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookies

Supplies Needed for Soft & Tasty Cut Out Sugar Cookies:

  • Large Bowl
  • Medium Bowl
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Pastry blender
  • Pastry cloth (optional)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters (whatever designs you choose)
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Wire Cooling Racks

cut out sugar cookie recipe

Rolled Sugar Cookies Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
simple rolled cut out sugar Cookies with green icing placed on a china plate with red flowers
These rolled sugar cookies can be baked and frozen until you are ready to use them.

How to Make this Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

The first step of cut out sugar cookie recipe - mixing butter into the dry mixture with a pastry blender.
You can mix up this old fashioned rolled sugar cookie recipe without a stand mixer!

You’ll mix up this simple recipe in 2 seperate bowls.

1. In the first large bowl, mix together:

  • 4 cups flour,
  • 1 tsp. baking powder, and
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, 
  • Cut in 1 cup butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives.
a woman stirring an egg mixture in a glass mixing bowl
Stir together the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix together:

  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk,
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract,
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar, and
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
a woman pouring the egg mixture into the flour mixture
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.

4. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and stir gently.

woman kneading sugar cookie dough on a pastry cloth
I like using a pastry cloth when working with any type of dough. It helps the dough not to stick, and keeps my counters clean!

5. Flip the dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat, and knead it gently ~ just so it sticks together.

rolled sugar cookie dough balls on a pastry cloth

6. Divide  dough into 2 portions. Start with the first portion and roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

boys cutting out cookies 2

7. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out whatever shapes you’d like.  We have stars and trees at our house…

boys cutting out sugar cookies

8. Place on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. (Placing parchement paper on the baking sheets makes for easy clean up.)

sugar cookies cooling on baking racks

9. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5 minutes – or until very lightly golden brown.

The secret to soft and chewy old fashioned sugar cookies is to take them out before they start to brown. If they are too browned, they will turn crunchy!

10. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

iced cookies

Once completely cooled, ice with your favorite homemade frosting.

Here is my quick and easy homemade frosting for sugar cookies.

Yield:  About 4 dozen

sugar cookies

How should I store these cut out sugar cookies?

Store these sugar cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. However, I feel better always refrigerating or freezing mine until I’m ready to use them. 

To freeze sugar cookies, place them in an airtight container or heavy duty freezer bag, being careful to seperate each layer with wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. Store in the freezer for up to six months.

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Updated October 2021

Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This old fashioned rolled sugar cookie recipe is the best cut out cookie recipe! The dough is easy to work & the cookies are soft & YUMMY!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions

Step 1: Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender

Step 2. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and baking so

Step 3: Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and stir gently

Step 4: Flip the dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat, and knead it gently ~ just so it sticks together

Step 5: Divide into 2 portions and roll each portion out to about 1/2 inch thick.

Step 6: Using cookie cutters, cut out whatever shapes you’d like.  We have stars and trees at our house…

Step 7: Place on baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Step 8: Bake for 5 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees.

The secret to soft and chewy old fashioned sugar cookies is to take them out before they start to brown. If they are lightly browned, they will turn crunchy!

Step 9. Cool completely on wire racks before icing.


Step 10: Once completely cool, ice with buttercream icing with food coloring.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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7 Comments

  1. Hi Rita!

    Sugar cookies are our family's favourite Christmas cookie as well. Our recipe is a little different, but the cookies look the same. We frost ours too, but put sprinkles on top.

    I love the pictures of your boys baking!

    Hugs,
    Heather

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  3. I had the same experience with having kids “help” me baking cookies. They do finally come back into the kitchen when the cookies are done baking! Where did you get your pastry mat?

  4. I am seeing you add baking soda twice in the recipe. It would seem it should just go in with the flour but thought to ask. Thank you.

  5. I read it wrong three times! My apologies… I have just never added soda or powder to wet. Thanks and I am trying these now 🙂

  6. Sorry may I ask the ? of butter. I’ve not made them yet but is it salted or unsalted? Because I don’t want to ruin them.

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