My Favorite Cut-out Cookies

I was in need of a cut-out sugar cookie recipe so I went on the hunt at and found this recipe for a cookie bouquet that I decided to try. The cookies turned out wonderful and this is now my favorite recipe, especially for holidays.

My Favorite Cut-out Cookies


  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and flavorings and mix well.
  3. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Add to batter and mix well.
  5. Chill 3-4 hours or overnight before using.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  7. Roll dough out approximately 1/4 inch thick and cut shapes, placing on an un-greased cookie sheet. (Be warned, if you have young children helping out, they may choose to roll themselves out instead of the dough.)
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove to rack for cooling and then decorate as desired.


  • This recipe makes approximately 6 dozen medium-sized cookies. If you use small shapes you will get a lot more. If you use large shapes you will get a lot less. If you’re like us and use different shapes and sizes, there’s no telling how many cookies you will end up with.
  • If you don’t want to make that many cookies you can cut the recipe in half or just store the dough in a covered container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • I have cooked these cookies on a cookie sheet and on a pizza stone. The cookie sheet takes about 10 minutes in my oven, the stone took over 20. I’m not sure if preheating the stone would make a difference, but I prefer having cool surfaces around little hands and stick with my regular cookie sheets for this one, alternating between a few so we can have 1 sheet in the oven and 1 or 2 more for the cookies we are working on.
  • Substitutions: The original recipe calls for vanilla and butter flavors. I use vanilla and almond because almond is my favorite. It would probably work just as well with all vanilla or all almond or whatever combination of flavors you prefer. Other possible substitutions could include powdered eggs or margarine/spread, but I have not tried it with either.

What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

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