Cut Out Sugar Cookies (No-Chill Recipe)

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These cut out sugar cookies are the BEST. They are soft, easy to decorate, have neat edges, and the dough doesn’t require refrigeration!

Sugar cookie being lifted from baking sheet with a spatula
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  1. Ingredients in Sugar Cookies
  2. Why This is the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
  3. Decorated Sugar Cookies
  4. Sugar Cookie Icing
  5. Sugar Cookie Frosting
  6. What Supplies Do I Need To Make Homemade Sugar Cookies?
  7. How To Store Sugar Cookies
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. More Cookie Recipes:
  10. How To Make Sugar Cookies
  11. Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies (No-Chill Recipe) Recipe

This recipe is BY FAR my favorite sugar cookie recipe EVER. Each batch turns out perfectly every time and are perfect for decorating. We love making these for just about any occasion and they are so easy, they kids can help make them too! Keep reading to learn all of our tips, tricks, and secrets to making these cookies and our favorite ways to decorate them.

Side view of sugar cookie to show thickness and clean edges

Ingredients in Sugar Cookies

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Shortening
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Decorations – frosting, icing, sprinkles, candies, etc
  • Neat edges – Neat edges are a must for having pretty sugar cookies. Other recipes go flat or puff up too much in the oven. This recipe gives you perfect, straight edges.
  • Flat tops – Flat tops are critical for decorated cookies. You want that royal icing to stay put and not slide off.
  • Soft – Nobody likes biting into a hard cookie but sometimes that is what happens when you have perfectly formed cookies. Not so with this recipe! These cookies keep their shape, but are chewy and soft in texture when you bite into them.
  • Not too sweet – With frosted or iced sugar cookies, you want the cookie itself to not taste as sweet so the flavors of the icing/frosting stand out without overpowering you with sweetness. These cookies do just that.
  • NO chilling needed (the best part in my opinion) – This is a “no chill sugar cookie”… not that they can’t relax and have fun like any other cookie 😉 This sugar cookie dough does not need to be refrigerated before rolling out. You can make these start-to-finish in minutes! This really makes it an easy sugar cookie recipe.
Fancy Alice in Wonderland sugar cookies

Decorated Sugar Cookies

These cookies are meant to be decorated. The cookie itself is not as sweet, which is totally on-purpose so you can decorate them with icing or frosting and they don’t come out over-the-top sweet. If you want a sweeter sugar cookie, then you can add a little more sugar, but trust me, you won’t even notice there is less sugar in this recipe and will love the balance of flavors. Decorate these cookies with either icing or with frosting (or even fondant). You can decorate them as simply or as extravagantly as you would like (Cookie credit for decorating the Alice in Wonderland cookies above goes to @heidissweettooth. Follow her on Instagram)!

Royal icing in a bowl and in piping bags with sugar cookies

Take these cookies to the next level by decorating them with royal icing. Royal icing is perfect for sugar cookies because it pipes well and can also be used for flooding. It is not as thick and fluffy as frosting and makes for a prettier, smoother cookie. I like royal icing because it has a gorgeous sheen to it and you can make all sorts of fun designs. It takes more patience than frosting but it is totally worth it! Click HERE to learn how to make royal icing as well as all the techniques you need to know for decorating sugar cookies.

Lofthouse cookie recipe cookies

If you aren’t in the mood for decorating sugar cookies with icing, then you can always frost them instead. Although I prefer frosting on cookies like our soft and chewy Grandma’s Soft Sugar Cookies (pictured above) or our Copycat Swig Cookies, frosting will still work great with these cut-out cookies. Frosting spreads on thick, unlike royal icing, and sticks better to sprinkles. Try our cream cheese frosting, vanilla buttercream frosting, easy chocolate buttercream frosting or any of these copycat Swig cookie frostings. Don’t forget to let the cookies cool before decorating! They should be room temperature or cooler.

Sugar cookie dough with cut out cookies and places on a baking sheet

What Supplies Do I Need To Make Homemade Sugar Cookies?

How To Store Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies can easily be made ahead of time and stored for later– even after they have been decorated with royal icing! After placing cookies in an airtight container or bag they can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks and can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Storage times are the same whether they are iced or not. If icing with royal icing before storing, then just make sure the icing is completely dry. Allow to dry for 24 hours before storing. If you are wanting to frost the cookies with frosting, then it is best to wait until the day of serving before adding the frosting. Frosting doesn’t freeze as well as icing and the frosting is more likely to get smashed up in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should sugar cookies be soft or crispy?

In our opinion, sugar cookies should be soft! They should have a nice clean edge, but the middle should be pillow soft.

Are sugar cookies better with butter or shortening?

We say why not both?? This recipe uses both butter and shortening – maximum flavor and texture!

Do you decorate sugar cookies before or after you cook them?

Definitely after! The icing will melt in the oven.

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How To Make Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookie dough rolled out and cut out with some on a baking sheet

Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies (No-Chill Recipe)

4.70 from 10 votes
These cut out sugar cookies are the BEST. They are soft, easy to decorate, have neat edges, and the dough doesn't require refrigeration!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies



  • Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugar, powdered sugar, butter, and shortening. Mix until well combined.
    Sugar, butter, and shortening in a bowl for sugar cookies
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and almond extract and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
    Eggs in a bowl being beaten with sugar and butter to make sugar cookies
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, salt, and baking powder.
    Flour in a bowl to make sugar cookies
  • Add flour mixture to sugar mixture a little at a time. Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a soft ball when pressed together.
    Sugar cookie dough ball in a bowl
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll out onto a lightly floured surface (about ¼ cup flour). Roll out to 3/8-inch thickness (see notes above).
    Sugar cookie dough being rolled out
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
    Sugar cookie dough with cut out hearts
  • Bake cookies on a lined baking sheet for 7 minutes (6 minutes for smaller cookies). Remove cookies from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
    Baked sugar cookies on a baking sheet and cooling rack
  • After cookies have completely cooled, they are ready for decorating (see notes above).
    Side view of sugar cookie to show thickness and clean edges

Nutrition Information

Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 138IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. Erica, I obtained see ones your cut out cookie recipe when searching flooding icing recipe. Looks delicious and do I understand, the dough doesn’t need to be chilled? WOW!
    Do you have a gluten-free cut out cookie?
    Merry Christmas from Texas

  2. There is a note in instruction #5 that says (see notes above). #5 tells you to roll out to 3/8 inch thickness (see notes above). I can not find any notes related to the thickness of the cookie. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Anita– the note is referring to the measured rolling pin that is linked above and that shows in the picture. In order to get that perfect thickness you want to use a measured rolling pin (any measured rolling pin will do). Hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    Can you chill overnight IF you need to? Also, love the almond flavor-curious if you could also make a batch by replacing almond with peppermint for Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻 Thanks for the BEST sugar cookie recipe I’ve made ☺️

  4. 2 stars
    The dough was easy to roll out and held their shape nicely. The problem is that these are probably the most tasteless cookies I have ever tasted even though I added extra vanilla and almond extract. I won’t be making them again. Moving on to other recipes.

    1. Hi Janet- did you use icing/frosting on these cookies? They purposely aren’t as sweet so icing or frosting can be added and the sweetness isn’t overwhelming. The cookie and the frosting balance each other out. The flavors of the cookie will come through best when combined with the icing. Hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    We absolutely love this recipe at home! They will be my new go-to sugar cookie recipe! I just made it today with my kids and both enjoyed them 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious cookies! They roll out so nicely! WHERE did you get that heart shaped cookie cutter? I am in LOVE with it! It is in the set of cutters you linked above? Thank you for the awesome, easy roll out cookie recipe!