Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
20 min
3 hrs



1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder


3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine 1 cup butter, sugar, and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds; wrap in each plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint frosting with food color, if desired. Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired. .

Tip #1

- For easy decorating, spoon frosting into resealable plastic food bag. Cut off tip of one corner to create a decorating tip.

Tip #2

- After frosting has set, place sheet of waxed paper between cookies. Store in airtight container up to 5 days or freeze unfrosted cookies in airtight container up to 3 months.

Tip #3

Sandwich Cookies: Spread frosting on bottom of one cookie; top with another cookie.

Chocolate Dipped Cookies: Melt 2 cups real semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate. Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet; refrigerate until chocolate is firm.

Drizzled Cookies: Drizzle cookies with melted chocolate as directed above.


3.5Fat (mg)
10Cholesterol (mg)
45Sodium (mg)
11Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  December 17, 2016

When you find a wonderful recipe, there's no point to try any other. This is my ultimate, favorite sugar cookie recipe and I always share with those that want it. Thank you!

— says Colette
  January 18, 2016

This is one of the BEST sugar cookie recipes i have ever used.I will continue to make them for years to come everyone loves these cookies and always ask me to make them!

— says Diane
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