Sugar Cookie Cutouts - The Lemon Bowl
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4.7 from 10 votes

Easy Sugar Cookies

A Christmas cookie classic, these adorable sugar cookies are perfect for holiday entertaining, homemade edible gifts or leaving out for Santa.
Course Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 105kcal
Author Liz Della Croce


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature, 2 sticks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2-2/3 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 tablespoons water


  • Combine butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk; beat on low speed until blended. Gradually add flour and salt, beating just until blended.
  • Refrigerate dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Work with 1/2 of the dough at a time, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters; place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined or ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake in 350°F oven until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  • For the icing: combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in mixer bowl. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, 6 to 8 minutes. If icing is too thick, thin with a small amount of additional water.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 28mg | Fiber: 0g