This Cut Out Sugar Cookies recipe makes the best soft sugar cookies, thanks to sour cream! These decorated sugar cookies are a Christmas staple!

Cut Out Sugar Cookies are a holiday must. This recipe costs about $6.36 to make and yields 5-6 dozen cookies, all depending upon your cookie cutters’ size.

That leaves a lot of room in the budget to whip up some other holiday classics such as these Soft Gingerbread Cookies, Christmas Divinity Candy, and Peppermint Bark Candy.

An overhead picture of the finished cut out sugar cookie recipe.

Soft, crisp edges with a thick, chewy inside are my kind of cookies! Cutting out cookies at Christmas time is a long-standing tradition for many of us, including me.

There is just something about cutting out the different shapes, frosting them with brightly colored frosting, and topping them off with fun sprinkles while blasting Christmas music and sipping on delicious Hot Chocolate

These sugar cookies are the best to cut out because they hold their shape. Not only that, they freeze well too! 

Enjoy these soft, buttery, and sweet cut out Sugar Cookies this holiday season but also any time of the year! Change out the shape and sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself a plate of deliciousness for any occasion!

Finished soft cut out sugar cookies on a serving plate.


PER SERVING COST: $0.09 – $0.11

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour – $0.86
  • ½ teaspoons baking powder – $0.07
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
  • 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – $0.62
  • 1 cup unsalted butter – $1.62
  • 1 ⅔ cups granulated sugar – $0.45
  • 2 large eggs – $0.20
  • 1 cup sour cream – $1.44
  • 3 cups powdered sugar – $0.87
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup – $0.18
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk –  $0.03All of the ingredients needed to make this cut out sugar cookie recipe.

How to make Cut out Sugar Cookies

  1. First, make the sugar cookie dough in a medium bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours.
  2. After the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Also, line the baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
  3. Next, roll out the dough on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. 
  4. Then, bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool completely on a wire rack. 
  5. Finally, make the frosting and decorate the cookies. 
A picture collage of the recipe steps with text overlay for Pinterest.

Why do my cut out cookies lose their shape?

It is so sad when cookies lose their shape. You are expecting a cute star but end up with a blob instead. There are a couple of tips to implement to avoid this sad moment. 

First, double-check your measurements as too much flour can dry out the cookies, and too much sugar or butter can make the cookies spread. Secondly, do not skip the step of chilling your cookie dough. The cold dough helps the cookies hold their shape while baking in the oven. 

Do you cut sugar cookies before or after baking?

You should cut the cookies before baking them. Only cut them after allowing the dough to chill for at least two hours. Roll the dough to ⅛ – ¼ inch thick and then cut them out. Place the cut-out cookies on the baking sheets to bake. 

Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies storage

How long do cut out sugar cookies last?

If you store the cookies in an airtight container, the sugar cookies will stay fresh for up to four days. 

Cook’s Tools:

  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • handheld mixer
  • baking sheets 
  • parchment paper OR silicone baking mats
  • wire cooling racks
  • decorator icing bag and decorating tips
  • gel food coloring
  • Christmas sprinkles 
Why are my cut out Sugar Cookies hard?

There are a few reasons why your cut-out sugar cookies might be hard:
You may have overmixed the dough. Overmixing develops the gluten in the flour, which makes the cookies tough.
You may have added too much flour. Sugar cookies should be soft and sticky enough to roll out without adding too much flour.
You may have overbaked the cookies. If you overbake them, they will be hard and dry.
You may have used too much sugar. Sugar attracts moisture, which can make the cookies dry and hard.

How thick should cut out Sugar Cookies be?

Cut-out sugar cookies should be about ¼ inch thick. If the cookies are too thin, they will be crispy and may burn. If the cookies are too thick, they will not cook through properly and may be doughy in the center.

More Christmas Dessert Recipes:

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Buckeye Candy

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Cranberry Bliss Bars – a Starbucks Copycat Recipe!

Christmas Cranberry Fluff Salad

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread OREO Truffles

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Pecan Snowball Cookies

Christmas Divinity Candy

Peppermint Bark Candy

Macarons with White Chocolate Ganache

Andes Mint Cheesecake Dip

An overhead picture of the finished cut out sugar cookie recipe.
5 from 5 votes

Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

Recipe Cost $ 6.36
Serving Cost $ 0.11
Prep Time 48 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
60 cookies
This Cut Out Sugar Cookies recipe makes the best soft sugar cookies, thanks to sour cream! These decorated sugar cookies are a Christmas staple!


  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • handheld mixer
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper or silicone baking mats
  • wire cooling racks
  • decorator icing bag and decorating tips



  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling dough
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract or regular vanilla
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • gel food coloring


  • Candies
  • sprinkles



  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat until well combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients, alternating with the sour cream, until well combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.


  • Move the oven rack to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.


  • Knead the dough, about ¼ of the dough at a time, with a small amount of flour. Knead dough until it is not sticky.
  • Roll dough out onto a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick.


  • Cut rolled dough with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking, or until cookies are very lightly browned.
  • Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until cooled completely.


  • In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, corn syrup, clear vanilla extract (regular is fine; clear makes the icing really white), and 2 tablespoons milk.
  • Whisk together, add more milk a little at a time if needed.


  • Fit a decorator icing bag with a small round tip and fill with icing.
  • Decorate as desired with icing, candies, and sprinkles.


  • The nutrition information is based on making 5 dozen cookies with this recipe. The nutrition information is just an estimate, because it all depends on how big you make the cookies.
  • The clear vanilla extract called for in this recipe makes the very white in color. You can also use regular vanilla; note that the icing might not be pure white. 
  • If you want the cookies to have super sharp edges after they’re baked, then chill the cut out dough on the baking sheets for 30 minutes before baking them. 


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Kathryn Donangelo says:

    This recipe looks so delicious and I’m going to make these with Valentine’s cookie cutters, I can not wait. Thank you for sharing!

  2. These are so adorable and so fun! My kids are going to have fun with this recipe! Can’t wait!

  3. These are the cutest cookies ever! I made them with my kids and they loved it!

  4. Beth Sachs says:

    These sugar cookies are just too cute. My kids will love having a go at making them.