In The Kitchen - Dessert
April 3, 2021

Cookie Cutter Vanilla Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is not only delicious, it keeps it shape so you can have a ball decorating them for the holidays!

8 min read

Love making cookies at the holiday? We always did, and would wait with eager anticipation to see if our cookie Christmas trees, snowmen, jack-o-lanterns, and easter eggs would hold their shape in the oven. One of the things I love about htis recipe is that it both holds its shape, but also tastes delicious! It's a variation on a few recipes, including one I learned at Mrs. B's cookie school - you should definitley check-out her classes on cookie decorating!

Cookie Cutter Vanilla Sugar Cookies

14 cookies
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min

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  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 medium bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack
  • Cookie cutters


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups flour (I use King Arthur flour)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)

Buttercream Icing

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) butter
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • gel food coloring (if desired)

Royal Icing  (best for detailed piping and decoration)

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons egg whites (or 3 Tablespoons meringue powder & 5 Tablespoon heavy cream)
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • gel food coloring (if desired)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
  2. In your mixer, cream together the sugar and butter, then add in the vanilla, cream, and eggs one at a time with the mixer on low.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk togethr the flour and salt.
  4. Gradually add the combined dry ingredients to the mixer and blend on low for ~20 seconds - do not over mix.
  5. Form the dough into a square or disc, wrap it in plastic, and chill for ~15 minutes.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, roll  it to ~ 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes.
Cookie dough ready to be cut
  1. Place cookie cut outs on a lined baking sheet and chill for ~ 45 minutes.
  2. Bake for ~10-12 minutes.
Cookies on tray
  1. Cool cookies on a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before icing.
  2. For the icing, combine all icing ingredients in a mixer, transfer it to a piping bag with a spatula, and  pipe icing as desired.
Cookies on cooling rack

I hope this cookie recipe helps create amazing family memories  for you and your loved ones as you bake, decorate, and laugh in the kitchen together.  And Easter is a wonderful opportunity to try them out!   If you’re looking for more holiday ideas, stay tuned, and in the meantime, checkout this post from last year for inspiration or visit the In the Kitchen section of the blog.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful Easter


Cookies on Decorative platter