Perfect for decorating, these sugar cookies hold their shape perfectly when baked.
Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookies
Recipe Source: Sally's Baking Addiction
- 1.5 hrs prep
- 11 min cook
A traditional sugar cookie recipe, these cookies are made of simple ingredients and are chilled before being baked.
What Makes This Pinworthy?
Baking and decorating sugar cookies is a holiday tradition for many families, so we knew that finding the perfect sugar cookie recipe was important. We set up the following criteria for the cookies:
- The cookies also had to have a traditional sugar cookie flavor and not be dry or bland.
- The dough must be the perfect consistency and be easy to work with.
- They must hold their shape when baked.
- While the cookies must be soft and tender, they also must be firm enough to decorate and be stored.
We decided to start with this simple sugar cookie recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction and were immediately pleased with the results. There was just the right amount of vanilla flavor, and the almond extract gave it the traditional taste one would expect. The dough was easy to work with and was the perfect consistency for rolling and re-rolling. Due to the fact that the cookies are chilled on the baking sheet before being baked, they held their shape well and their designs remained easily identifiable. The end result was a bakery-worthy cookie that was a delight to eat but also held up to the rigors of being decorated by people of all ages and then being stored in the freezer for about a month.
Making sugar cookies can be an intimidating experience, but Sally’s Baking Addiction carefully walks her readers through all of the steps and tips they need to know to make perfect sugar cookies each and every time. She is a cookie baking expert, and it shows in recipes like this one.
Another wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is about as mess-free as sugar cookie making can get. Because the dough is rolled between layers of parchment paper, there is less mess to clean up- gone are the days where the entire kitchen becomes a mess after a hour of baking. If you are someone who enjoys baking but not necessarily cleaning up after it, this is the recipe for you.
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