First Published: December 9, 2008… Last Updated: September 11, 2019
Sugar Cookie Cutouts are a fun and festive holiday cookie recipe. Everyone loves delicious, classic sugar cookies with icing. And they are perfect to decorate for any holiday theme or event! The cookie is lightly browned and crisp around the edges, while softer on the inside.
These sugar cookie cutouts in the shape of a snowflake are the biggest hit on a holiday cooking tray. These eye appealing, crisp and buttery cookies are absolutely delicious with the glace icing.
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Making Sugar Cookie Cutouts for the holidays
Making the sugar cookie cutouts are easy. It’s the decorating that can be tedious. However, while decorating sugar cookies with icing can be tedious, it is also very rewarding! The look of happiness on the faces of your children when they see a prettily decorated sugar cookie is so heartwarming!
These are one of the most popular sugar cookies with icing on my cookie platter and they disappear fast! I had friends and family asking if I would make these cookies for them! They loved the snowflake design. Needless to say, they are everything I hoped they would be in taste and appearance!
How to Handle Sugar Cookie Dough
Sugar cookie dough should be slightly firm yet pliable. When sugar cookie dough is too soft, it will tend to stick to the cookie cutters and easily fall apart. Below are some tips on what is most important when making cookie dough for cutouts.
Be sure the butter is at room temperature. I do not recommend softening the butter in the microwave. Doing so, could cause it to become too soft. Instead, take the butter out at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to mixing the dough.
Test the butter for softness. Lightly press press on the stick of butter and feel it give. If your finger goes into the butter, it is too soft. If your butter is too melty, it can lend to a chewier cookie rather than a crisp one.
Chilling and cutting the sugar cookie dough
Sugar cookie dough needs to be chilled prior to rolling out and cutting the dough. Doing this aids in the ease of rolling and cutting of the cookie dough. It also lends to a crisper cookie around the edges. If the dough is too soft, it is not easy to handle.
Important: Be sure to chill the scraps from cutting the dough if they become too soft to handle.
Sugar Cookies with Icing made 3 different ways!
There are a few different ways you can frost sugar cookies with icing. Many times, when I don’t want to take the time to decorate a cookie, I will leave the icing off. Below are some icing recipes that you may like to try to frost this sugar cookie recipe.
Glace Icing is what I used on this particular cookie you see pictured. Glace is similar to royal icing with the exception it doesn’t get as hard. This softer icing still will hold its shape and flood a cookie. The magic ingredient in this icing is corn syrup.
A Royal Icing recipe will be a hard and dry surfaced icing. This uses meringue powder or egg white which is the ingredient that keeps the icing dry and firm.
Frostings can be used instead of icing. Where icings are used to intricately decorate a cookie, a frosting can just be spread over the cookie with a knife. My favorite frosting recipes are caramel frosting and butter rum frosting.
Food Coloring can make a difference in the texture of your colored icing. My preference are gel food colorings over the liquid. Gel doesn’t thin the icing out like a liquid icing would tend to do.
Adaptations made to Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Instead of flavoring the cookie with vanilla extract, try using other flavors. Some of our favorites are almond and lemon.
Add a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg for a lightly spiced sugar cookie cutout.
Make them chocolate! Replace 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of baking cocoa.
Instead of frosting the sugar cookie cutout, dip half of it in melted chocolate and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.
This Italian Christmas Cookie recipe is Grumpy’s favorite. He loves this softer cookie and the entire cookie is coated in a delicious sweet confectioners glaze.
These Poinsettia Ball Cookies are flavored with a hint of nutmeg and rolled in nuts before baking. The green candied cherries are arranged to give the cookie a festive look.
Santa’s Whiskers cookies are a fun cookie to make with the kids! We would leave these out on Christmas Eve for Santa to enjoy before he went on his merry way!
Candy and Fudge recipes to include on your holiday cookie tray
Friends and family love to receive cookies, but they also love to get candy and fudge recipes! The holidays are the only I make fudge, so it is a real treat for those on the receiving end.
Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge is Grumpy’s favorite fudge. This is the creamiest, most delicious peanut butter fudge ever. And, it’s basically a no fail recipe that does not include marshmallows! It is the only recipe I will make and it has 1 special ingredient that makes it the best! This always makes an appearance on our Christmas Cookie tray.
I grew up loving Nanny’s recipe for Brown Sugar Fudge. I wanted to hoard the whole recipe for myself whenever we would receive it on our cookie tray. Because I loved this so much, I wanted others to be successful with the recipe. There is an instructional video on this post for my readers!
My favorite candy for the holidays is my Great Aunt Helga’s Candied Date Recipe. This is a no bake recipe that is so delicious people will not believe its made with dates!
If you have someone in your life who eats sugar free, they will appreciate this recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Truffles. The first time I ate this, I wasn’t sure it was sugar free!
Tell me what your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe is!
Inquiring minds want to know! Do you have a cookie recipe with icing that you love to make every year? Do you like soft and puffy sugar cookie cutouts or light and crispy? Maybe you have a recipe that is completely different. Share it with me in the comments. I would love to your cookie recipe too!
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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