I was on the lookout for the best cut out sugar cookies recipe. It is the holiday season, sugar cookies are a trend this time of year. I even tried a couple of recipes that were online to find the best one. Some of them used baking powder in them, some others used corn starch instead. Some required chilling others did not. The one that had cornstarch was the easiest to make in terms of cutting out and less chilling. However, they were a little hard in texture. But they still tasted good if you like a little crunch.
Finally, the recipe that we tried and all liked was inspired by the recipe by Sally's baking addictions. It had the right softness in the middle and a slight crunch. As it is the holidays, the kids were home and free to help. It was a well-spent time with my high schoolers baking and decorating.
Tips to make the best cut out sugar cookies
One of the tips that I followed, and that is very useful, is to roll the dough before chilling. It is easier to roll at this point than after chilling. Chilling for one or two hours is important for this recipe as the dough is really soft and smooth, although not sticky. If not chilled, it will not hold on to its shape while cutting and transferring to the baking tray. Divide the dough into two halves so it is easy to manage while rolling.
Place the dough between two parchment papers and roll into about ¼ th or ⅛ th of an inch uniformly. You can place the rolled dough in the refrigerator in the baking tray itself, covered with a cling wrap. The chilled and rolled out dough really helps in easily cutting shapes using the cookie cutters. Coat the molds by dipping in all-purpose flour while cutting, to get nice clean edges. The remaining dough from the cookie cutters can then be rolled again and re-used to make cookies.
Be sure to take the cookies out exactly at 11 to 12 mins or just before the edges get browned while baking. The cookies have just about the right amount of sweetness and maybe a little less sugary for some. But keep in mind, the frosting will have sugar as well.
The icing is very simple to make. All it needs is powdered sugar, corn starch syrup, vanilla extract, and few drops of food color gel. You can add colors of your choice and make pretty decorations. We used mainly red and green as it is Christmas time. Use a narrow and pointed tip attached to the piping bag to draw outlines and fill it with icing. Add sugar dust and colorful sprinkles to make it look festive. We were quite happy with the outcome and indeed a wonderful result for the first attempt.
Here are some other cookie recipes that are great for the holiday season chocolate chip cookie, bakery-style chocolate chip cookies, and almond flour chocolate chip cookies. Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season!
The best cut out sugar cookies for holidays and celebration with right amount of sweetness , frosted with decorations for a festive look .
- 2 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 3 - 4 tbsp milk
- 2 ¼ tbsp light corn syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- few drops food coloring or gel
- 1 bottle sprinkles
Cream the butter and sugar for about 2 to 3 mins on high speed. Scrape the contents from the sides and mix as necessary.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on high speed for a minute .
Next add the flour in small additions on low speed until they are all well combined.
Take the ball of dough and divide into 2 portions.
Roll the dough in between two parchment papers .
Transfer to baking tray and cover with cling wrap .
Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or upto 2 days.
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
Take the chilled and rolled out dough and cut into shapes using cookie molds.
Transfer to the baking tray lined with parchment paper for baking .
Bake for 11 to 12 mins until the sides are slightly brown.
Cool on a cooling rack until completely cool.
Mix all the ingredients in the "for frosting section" in a large bowl using a whisk
Fill into piping bags with narrow tip.
Decorate by making borders, filling with frosting and adding sprinkles as desired.