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Square image of a heart-shaped soft cut-out sugar cookie with pink sour cream icing.
Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
39 mins
Best-ever recipe for soft sugar cookies you can roll and cut out with cookie cutters! Easy to make, no chilling required, and they don't spread into shapeless blobs as they bake. Made with a secret ingredient that gives them the most incredible flavor, and topped with a cool sour cream icing.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Keyword: soft cut-out sugar cookie recipe
Servings: 24 3-inch heart cookies
Calories: 249 kcal
For the soft cut-out sugar cookies
For the sour cream icing
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • drop of pink food coloring (optional)
  • white nonpareil sprinkles (optional garnish)
  • white sugar pearls (optional garnish)
To make the soft cut-out sugar cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until smooth (about 1 minute).
  3. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract and mix on medium speed until combined.
  4. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Mix on medium-low speed until a stiff dough forms (about 1 minute). If the dough is too sticky to handle, try mixing in a little more flour.

  6. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick (rolling pin rings ensure an even and exact thickness) between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
  7. Remove the top sheet of parchment, and cut shapes with a 3-inch heart cookie cutter.
  8. Peel the shapes from the bottom layer of parchment, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until just barely beginning to turn golden on the bottoms.
  10. Cool completely, then frost with sour cream icing.
To make the sour cream icing:
  1. Place the butter, sour cream, powdered sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and whip on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Tint with pink food coloring, and garnish with white nonpareil sprinkles and white sugar pearls.
Nutrition Facts
Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.