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Here’s a homemade soft sugar cookie recipe for you to use for cut out cookies. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas and birthdays!!

Updated 02/02/2021

Overhead view of cut out soft sugar cookies on a cooling rack with a couple frosted.

Are sugar cookies suppose to be soft?

Sugar cookies are meant to be soft, yet sturdy enough to handle being decorated. However, some of us like crunchy on the outside and softer on the inside. I think it depends on your taste.

Which sugar makes cookies soft?

Brown sugar helps to make cookies softer. It has more moisture than granulated sugar. Don’t overdo the brown sugar.

What thickness should sugar cookies be?

I would recommend between 1/4″ to 3/8″ when using cookie cutters. You can go thicker, just adjust your baking time.


In the recipe listed below I included the servings that I came up with, but this will be totally different depending on the size of your cookie cutter.  I had a big heart cookie cutter.  Look at the size of the cookie compared to my hand. They’re huge.


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Overhead view of cut out soft sugar cookies on a rack with a couple frosted.
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Cut Out SOFT Sugar Cookies

Here's a homemade soft sugar cookie recipe for you to use for cut out cookies. Perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas and birthdays!!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword hoe to make soft sugar cookies like the store, how to make soft sugar cookies from scratch, soft cut out sugar cookie recipe, soft sugar cookie recipe, soft sugar cookies for decorating
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Set Dough/Cool Cookies 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 Cookies
Calories 277kcal

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer/Hand Mixer
  • 9 x 13 Baking Sheet
  • Cookie Cutters

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 14 Tbsp Sugar, White, Granulated
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • Decor, if desired
  • Frosting, if desired

Instructions

  • In large bowl or stand mixer, beat butter until creamy.
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  • Add white and brown sugar. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes.
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  • Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract. Beat on high till combined.
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  • In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Add 1/2 of the mixture to the bowl. Beat on low until it starts to combine. Then slowly add the rest of the flour mixture until just combined. Don’t over beat this.
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  • Split the dough in half and place one half on a piece of parchment paper and the other half on a piece of parchment paper.
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  • Roll/flatten the dough out, no less than 1/4″ thick. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour at the minimum, 1 day maximum.
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  • When dough is chilled. Remove dough from fridge. Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.
  • Roll out one section of the dough with your rolling pin. Using a dusting of flour on the rolling mat and pin. Do this only to flatten the dough and fix any imperfections. Dough should be 1/4" thick. Use your desired cookie cutter. Place on baking sheet. NOTE: You can add decor that you want cooked with the cookie at this stage.
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  • Bake 8-11 minutes. Turning baking sheet halfway through the cooking time. NOTE: the trick to them staying soft is somewhat under cooking. Do NOT let the sides turn any shade of brown.
  • Cool on baking sheet 5-10 minutes then transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before icing.

Notes

ITEMS/INGREDIENTS USED IN RECIPE – If you are interested in any of the items I may have used (or are similar to the items I used) in making this recipe, I have listed all or some of them above within the post.  NOTE:  These links are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from the sale of certain item. This does not affect your price, it remains the same.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Overhead view of soft sugar cookies on a cooling rack.
Side view of 3 heart cookies stacked on each other. The top one is frosted.
Overhead view of 3 heart cookies stacked on each other. The top one is frosted.

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