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No Spread Sugar Cookies

No Spread Sugar Cookies! This cut-out sugar cookie recipe will become a fast favorite! It is easy to work with, requires no chilling and bakes up without losing its shape.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks, 16 tablespoons) softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract; beat until well combined.
  • Meanwhile, sift together flour and salt together in a medium bowl, . With the mixer on low speed, add flour mixture until it just comes together. Do not overmix.
  • Divide the cookie dough in half. Place one ball of dough on a lightly floured surface; it is best to work on a large piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat so that the cut out shapes are easy to move. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to desired thickness -- I like to make my cut-outs about ¼ inch thick.
  • Use desired cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Using a spatula, carefully lift the cookie shapes onto the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are just set and the bottom edges are lightly golden.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool while still on the pan, about 5-7 minutes. They will come out of the oven soft, but will harden and become easier to move and handle as they cool.
  • Once easy to handle, place the cookies on a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.


*This recipe made about 30 cookies about 3-4 inches in size. The yield will depend on size and shape of the cookie cutters.
  • Flavored Cut Outs: Substitute ½ teaspoon almond, peppermint or coconut extract for vanilla.
  • Chocolate Chip Cut Outs: Add ½ cup of mini chocolate chips to the dough.
  • Citrus Cut Outs: Add 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest into the butter mixture to give them a citrusy twist.
  • Fruity Cut Outs: dried fruit such as finely chopped dried cranberries or apricots.
  • Sprinkle Cut Outs: Stir in some nonpareils or sprinkles for a colorful surprise.
  • Spiced Cut Outs: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon, pumpkin spice or a combination of your favorite spices to the flour for a lightly spiced cut out cookie.
Diet Specific Substitutions
  • Gluten-Free: Use your favorite one-to-one gluten free flour in place of regular flour.