Roll Out Sugar Cookies
Nathan is two and a half…already. I decided Nathan was the perfect age to make roll out sugar cookies for the first time this holiday season. It didn’t go perfectly (as he liked to press cookie cutters where we had already cut out cookies, ahem) but we had fun and made some delicious cookies.
I don’t make roll out sugar cookies a lot but I know we’ll be doing it more as the kids grow older. Whenever I do make roll out sugar cookies, this is the recipe I use. This recipe was given to our family when we moved to Texas and called “Texas Sugar Cookies.” There is nothing really Texan about them (except the memories) but this is the best sugar cookie recipe you will ever make! Trust me.
I love this roll out sugar cookie recipe for several reasons.
First, it’s a very simple recipe with ingredients that are already in your fridge. You can make this sugar cookie dough in a matter of minutes!
Second, there is no chilling required for these cookies. The original recipe said that chilling for 3 to 4 hours was optional but not required. I never chill mine because once the dough is made, who wants to wait to cut out cookies? Just flour your surface and roll away! No chilling – no problem!
Finally, I love these roll out sugar cookies because they taste absolutely delicious.
When you bake these cookies, you’ll end up with a sugar cookie that is the exact same shape as the one you cut with your cookie cutter. No spreading or expanding with this recipe. Your cookies will have a nice rounded end and be ever so lightly browned.
These truly are perfect cookies for frosting and decorating. I like to make the cookies ahead of time and freeze them (they freeze great!) until we’re ready to frost. This year, Nathan and I used one batch of dough to cut out Thanksgiving cookies as well as Christmas ones. We’re getting 3 times of fun from one recipe – 1 time to cut out the cookies, and 2 different decorating times. How’s that for planning ahead?
Whether you make roll out sugar cookies multiple times a year or just on special occasions with the kids or grandkids, give this recipe a try. It really is one of the easiest and best roll out sugar cookie recipes!
1 cup butter, slightly softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
Cream together butter and sugar in mixer. Beat in eggs. Add in vanilla, milk and baking powder. Mix in flour, one cup at a time, until all flour is added.
Flour counter top and roll out a portion of the dough with a well-floured rolling pin. Cut out cookies.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie tray and allow to cool on racks before frosting.
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Roll Out Sugar Cookies
This recipe for roll out sugar cookies is the easiest sugar cookie recipe you will ever make, resulting in perfect sugar cookies every time.
- 1 cup butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 cups flour
- Cream together butter and sugar in mixer.
- Beat in eggs.
- Add in vanilla, milk and baking powder.
- Mix in flour, one cup at a time, until all flour is added.
- Flour counter top and roll out a portion of the dough with a well-floured rolling pin. Cut out cookies.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie tray and allow to cool on racks before frosting.
- Serving Size: 1
My go to roll out cookie dough. I even know a woman who decorated cookies to sell that used this recipe because it is such a reliable and tasty one. I like that they don’t spread out when baked.
These must work better with thin cookies.
The raw dough was delicious, and I did end up chilling it, because after mixing it we had to take a break. #2yearoldprobs
We rolled them out much thicker than yours in the pictures, popped em in the oven at 375 and they burned on the bottom, before 8 minutes was even up. Maybe my oven runs hot?
I’d cook these no higher than 350. I rolled the last batch thinner and lowered the temp, and pulled em out early and those have a nice golden bottom.
Hmmm. I’m sorry to hear the first tray burned! I cook a lot of cookies at 350, so am glad you adjusted and made it work. And yes, baking cookies with a 2 year old requires a break, and plenty of dough sampling! 🙂
Love these. I have a terrible time getting all the lumps out of my butter, though. Do you have any tips for that? I was also wondering, do you think margarine would work? I have always used Imperial Margarine in *everything* and butter is so much different.
thanks for the great recipes 🙂
your buckeyes are always a hit
Oh, yes! You can use Imperial margarine with great success. I did for many years! If you do want to use butter, I’d suggest softening it to see if that gets rid of the lumps. I’m so glad you enjoy these recipes!
Best sugar cookies ever! So many of them spread out so much when baking and this one doesn’t. I have good memories of many cookie cutting times.
They really are! And I am thankful for all those cookie cutting memories, too. Now, I’m excited to make these baking memories with Nathan and Emma!
We did this too! But with Halloween cookies and Thanksgiving, as we had a pumpkin carving party and will decorate the Thanksgiving cookies this week. I will try your recipe for Christmas cookies. I love that you let Nathan cut the cookies at two and a half years old! Many years of baking joys coming! Some of the sweetest and messiest baking memories are with my four girls ALL ‘helping’ me in the kitchen.
Happy Thanksgiving Kristen! Many blessings to you and your beautiful family!
Yes, the “helping” in the kitchen is creating memories, and I’m trying (ahem) to not worry about the messes. Baking memories with my mom are some of my precious memories, so I want to create those my children as well. I hope you enjoy the cookie recipe, Christina!