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uncooked sugar cookies that have been rolled out and cut into hearts

Rolled out Sugar Cookies

The best sugar cookie recipe for cookie cutters. These cookies hold their shape and stay soft after baking.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 331 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens



  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 ¼ cup all-purpose flour spooned and leveled

Royal Icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tbsp meringue powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Food Coloring the gel kind



  1. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until smooth.

  2. Then add eggs and vanilla. Mix well, then add the baking soda and baking powder.

  3. Finally add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing well in between. After all the flour has been added, the dough should start to come together.

  4. Roll the dough out ¼ inch thick and then cut out shapes with your cookie cutters. Place these on a parchment paper and place them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

  5. Then pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the cookies from the freezer and bake for 7-9 minutes (rotating the pan half-way through).

Making the Royal Icing

  1. In a large bowl combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water. Whisk on medium high speed for 4 minutes. You want to have stiff peaks form when you lift the whisk out of the icing. (This is piping consistency.)

  2. For flooding consistency, divide the icing into smaller bowls and add in the food coloring gel. Stir until well combined. Then, add in 1 tbsp of water to each bowl. Mix well. (This is flooding consistency.) Add in your choice of coloring and mix until there are no streaks.

  3. Decorate your sugar cookies and then let them set out uncoverd for at least 1-2 hours. Once the royal icing is hard you can store them in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Facts
Rolled out Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 342IU7%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.