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Vanilla Cutout Cookies that Don't Spread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Learn the secrets to baking cutout cookies with neat edges, that won’t spread as they bake! You’ll fall in love with baking and decorating cutout cookies.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie cutter, Cookies, cut out, roll out, sugar cookies, vanilla
Servings: 30 cookies, approx.***
Calories: 158 kcal
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, just until smooth and combined.
  3. Mix in the eggs until incorporated.
  4. Add the flour**, cornstarch, and salt, and mix on medium low speed.  The mixture will seem very dry and sandy at first, but after 3 to 5 minutes in the mixer it will gather itself into a ball and pull away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Stir in the vanilla. (If you do not have an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, you may have to knead the dough by hand to fully bring it together.)
  6. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper, to a thickness of 1/4 inch.*
  7. Cut into shapes, and bake for 9 to 12 minutes (for appox. 2 1/2 inch cookie).
  8. Cool completely, then decorate with royal icing.

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Recipe Notes

*Rolling pin rings will help you get an even thickness.

©Baking a Moment

**If you live in a very dry environment, or if you don't have a very powerful mixer, you may not need all the flour. Add about 1/2 cup at a time, and stop adding when the dough gathers itself into a ball and pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.

***Yield varies depending upon the size of your cookie cutters.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cutout Cookies that Don't Spread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 63mg3%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.