Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Halloween is fast approaching, and what would Halloween be without appropriately Halloween-ey pumpkin sugar cookies?! The sugar cookie recipe I’m sharing today can obviously be used to make any shape your heart desires–or your range of cookie cutters allow. And you can of course decorate those shapes in any fashion you please. But for Halloween and the fall season, nothing beats pumpkin cookies.

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These sugar cookies are delicious, if I do say so myself. So often I’ve experienced sugar cookies that are beautiful to the eye, but don’t have much taste. I use a 1:1 ratio of sugar to butter and a little more vanilla extract than most sugar cookie recipes–1/2 a teaspoon more to be exact, for a total of 2.5 teaspoons.

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Some sugar cookie recipes use almond extract. Not this one. I find that almond extract distracts from the classic taste of a sugar cookie, whereas the extra vanilla extract I add gives the cookies that extra punch of flavor.

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It is SO important to chill the cookie dough for at least 2 hours, or it won’t be the right consistency to roll out and will become too soft very quickly. You should chill it for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. If this sounds like a pain, just make the cookie dough one day, stick it in the fridge, and bake the cookies the next day! They’re worth it, I promise.

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Mix in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Collect the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough out to desired thickness and cut out cookies using your cookie cutter of choice.
  8. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes (this varies depending on thickness of the cookies) or until the edges are just golden brown.
  9. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

Decorate them by yourself or throw a cookie decorating party and enjoy! They make great gifts!

Click here to print this recipe!

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2 thoughts on “Cut Out Sugar Cookies

    1. You could make a large sugar cookie pumpkin if you have a really big cookie cutter, or you could cut out the shape with a sharp knife. Additionally, you could bake a big cookie in a round pan and just decorate it like a pumpkin. Thanks for the comment and glad you enjoy the blog!

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