The Best Christmas Sugar Cutout Cookies

Recipe by Suze K
READY IN: 1hr 36mins
YIELD: 3 dozen




  • Sift together flour and baking powder in separate bowl.
  • In second bowl, beat together sugar and egg until it becomes lemon-colored.
  • Add butter, orange juice and vanilla.
  • Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Slowly begin adding flour mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) and blend; continue until all flour is used.
  • Form into 2 flattened rectangles, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • When ready to roll, set oven to 400 deg F.
  • Cover baking sheets with parchment paper (can be reused from batch to batch).
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar onto rolling surface as you would flour.
  • Roll out one rectangle into desired thickness and cut out; place on baking sheet, making sure not to let cookies touch.
  • Re-form scraps and roll again (may have to add more powdered sugar for rolling); continue until all dough is used.
  • Once baking sheet is full, place into oven and set timer for 6 minutes.
  • Depending on cookie thickness, baking time can range from 6-10 minutes, so check at the 6-minute mark to determine whether you need to bake longer.
  • When light golden in color, remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling racks or flat surface covered with parchment.
  • Cool to room temperature and frost with favorite frosting.
  • If decorating, I recommend the following frosting (also appears in recipezaar under "Cutout Cookie Decorator Icing":.
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar.
  • 2 tsp milk.
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup.
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla.
  • food coloring.