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Sugar-Cookie Cutouts


Use our holiday cookie templates or your own cookie cutters to create a variety of festive shapes. Also see our step-by-step directions for decorating the Little Girl Cookies.

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  • Yield: Makes about 1 dozen

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until combined. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm but still pliable, at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer half of dough to a lightly floured piece of parchment; roll to just under 1/4-inch thick. Transfer dough on parchment to a baking sheet and freeze until firm, 30 minutes. Repeat with other half of dough.

  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Using a craft knife and the template (or a cookie cutter), cut out cookies and space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.

  4. Bake until golden on edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Notes

The cookies can be stored at room temperature up to one week.

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  • campbellmark74
    19 DEC, 2016
    If you can follow a recipe then you are going to make some delicious sugar cookies for Christmas! I made these last year and everyone loved them. I made them again yesterday and now I can't keep my hands out of the cookie jar. I'll need to make more before Christmas now....Anyway, I'm a little surprised by a few of the bad reviews for these. They obviously missed an ingredient or just don't know how to follow instructions. It takes some time to make a few batches but they're worth it!
  • mzmosqueraoutl
    17 DEC, 2016
    I am a bit confused about your instructions. On point 2 you state to preheat the oven at 325 degrees ( am I correct to assume that is Fahrenheit?), then on point 3 you stated to work on the dough and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes, and then an additional 15 minutes before putting into the oven? so why I am preheating the oven for 45 minutes?....
  • william98smith
    8 DEC, 2016
    Listen here you SOBs my momma made these cookies and they are wonderful. Anyone who reads this don't pay attention to those poor excusses for cooks up above they obviously don't know how their easy bake works so go to hell you Girl Scouts
  • MS11135311
    27 DEC, 2015
    Worked great for our cookies!
  • kcstack22yahoo
    23 DEC, 2015
  • Greediguts
    16 DEC, 2013
    I made these yesterday. The dough is quite crumbly but I didn't have any serious problems when rolling it out or cutting my cookies. If you are using cookie cutters, skip the freezer and just get to cutting. The cookies are delicious!!! The recipe says it makes a dozen or so cookies but I probably got three times that amount.
  • Jonathan M
    15 DEC, 2013
    This recipe is terrible. I couldn't get past rolling out the dough. It crumbled as soon as my polling pin touched it. Don't bother wasting your ingredients.
    • ashleighkroef1
      23 DEC, 2015
      Did you put it in the fridge for 30 mins
    • sour Cookie
      5 DEC, 2014
      I have been to every Kitchen Gadget shop in the area, I can't find a polling pin, what can I use as a substitute?
    • Salty Cookie
      4 DEC, 2014
      Well that's the problem! It's the Polling Pin!