January 29, 2012

Ultimate Cut Out Cookies

I have been on the lookout for a good sugar cookie and frosting recipe to make cut out cookies. If you are interested in making circle shaped cookies with Buttercream frosting, I suggest using the recipe that I posted when making Carol's Sugar Cookies. Carol's cookies are moist and rich, and Buttercream frosting tastes the best! However, these cookies hold their shape better when baking. Additionally, I have recently had problems with my Buttercream frosting separating when I try to decorate my cookies with piping bags. This frosting recipe has no butter, and so it is perfect for achieving the prettiest cut-out cookie! I plan on using this cookie and frosting recipe for all my future decorated cut out cookies. I have included photos of a few products that I found helpful when baking these cookies. You will also find the nutritional information for the cookies at the bottom of the recipe - only 140 calories per iced cookie!


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter (cold)
1 egg
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat butter and sugar together.

Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.

Mix in flour, salt, and baking powder. Mixture will be crumbly, so it is necessary to use hands to knead dough together before rolling out.

Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick onto lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes and once cookie sheet is full, place in freezer for 5 minutes before baking (this will help the cookies keep their shape.) Re-roll scraps. In order to make 35 cookies, I used a 2 1/2 inch diameter cookie cutter.

Bake cookies for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Yields 35 cookies.

Recipe Adapted from Bake at 350.

NUTRITION INFO (1 cookie) Calories: 107, Carbohydrates: 13, Fat: 5, Protein: 2, Fiber: 0

4 tbsp. meringue powder
1/2 cup water
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Americolor Icing Coloring

Beat meringue powder and water until foamy. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl and beat on low to combine (sifting the powdered sugar is essential to achieve the best texture). Add corn syrup and vanilla extract. Beat until icing becomes shiny and soft peaks form. Add desired Americolor Icing Coloring. If not using icing right away, be sure to cover with plastic wrap immediately to prevent the surface from hardening.

Yields enough icing to frost 35 cookies.

NUTRITION INFO (1/35 of total recipe) Calories: 33, Carbohydrates: 8, Fat: 0, Protein: 0, Fiber: 0

When making the icing, I sift the powdered sugar using a 5 cup hand crank sifter. You can find one on Amazon for less than $10, and it will improve the smoothness of your icing.

I use Americolor Icing Coloring because it is highly concentrated and the squeeze bottles are easy to use! It is especially good for making red icing.

First, outline cookies using Wilton Tip #3. Next, flood cookies with a solid background color. To do this, slowly add water to the icing until it is the consistency of syrup. Put the thinned icing into Wilton squeeze bottles and then flood the cookies. Use a toothpick to spread the flooded icing all the way to the outlined edges of the cookie.

To add decorative polka dots to the cookies, allow the background icing to set for several minutes first. Use another squeeze bottle to dot the cookies. The background icing should still be wet enough so that the dots settle into the background color, but without mixing. Allow the cookies to sit for several hours for the icing to harden.


Happy Baking!


  1. These simple cookies recipes are really ideal for Christmas. These can be embellished with store-bought frosting and candy sprinkles to make them even more beautiful and delicious. Thanks for sharing this fun and informative dessert recipe.

    1. Thank you! I agree that embellishing is always fun.

  2. just what i was looking for...great post and information

    1. Hope they turn out well if you make them, I had been on the lookout for a good sugar cookie recipe and this one turned out perfectly!

  3. What great looking cookies! I love the beautiful coloured icing you used :-)

  4. Thank you so much! Will be trying them tomorrow with my toddler and hope to have results as perfect as yours! I tried 3 different recipes at Christmas and they all turned in to ugly blobs in the oven!

  5. I just tried these and I don't know what went wrong, but the dough was WAY too soft and even after I added more flour the dough still was too sticky to even roll out. I did use margarine so maybe that was my mistake. I ended up just making them into normal cookies and they were delicious!

  6. Do I find where do I find meringue powder

    1. any craft store will have it...JoAnns, Micheal's, etc.

  7. I tried these cookies and they were ... DEE-LICIOUS! I just have one quick question. How long, if at all, can I store these cookies in the fridge? Thanks for the recipe!