How to Cut out Perfect Sugar Cookies Every Time

How to cut out perfect sugar cookies every time. This one took me a while to figure out. I would mix my dough, chill it for an hour in the refrigerator and roll it out. Then, I would drag out all my cookie cutters and start cutting. When I tried to lift the cut cookie dough off the cutting mat or counter, the cookies would go wonky and I would try to get them back into the shape of the cookie cutter. It wasn’t a pleasant process.

How to Cut Out Perfect Sugar Cookies Every Time

If I tried to cut out cookie cutters that had tiny spaces, I would poke it with a toothpick or whatever would fit inside the tiny space and I would end up poking a hole in the dough. So frustrating!

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One day I stuck the rolled dough into the freezer and my new way of cutting out sugar cookie dough was born. I am so glad I am not the type of person that gives up easily. I can be very stubborn.

How to Cut out Perfect Sugar Cookies Every Time Video:

In the video, I used 3 types of cutters, plastic, tin and the comfort grip cutters from Wilton. The plastic cookie cutter was the hardest to press into the cold dough. If you have a hard time cutting out the shapes let the dough warm up a little more. The dough isn’t frozen when I cut the shapes out. It is just really cold.

How to Cut Out Perfect Sugar Cookies Every Time

That is how I cut out perfect sugar cookies shapes every time I make cookies. I want to say if you have a technique that works for you, don’t change it. There is a saying around my house that says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” This method may not work for you and that’s OK. We don’t all do things the same way so I want to share how I do it and hopefully save someone somewhere a little frustration.

To see a video on how to roll out sugar cookie dough click here. You may enjoy the  “Beginners Guide to Cookie Decorating” for all kinds of tips and tricks.

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  1. I heart videos and this one was great! I just love watching how others cookie. So useful! Side note: love your music choice :)

  2. Thank you for another great video! I like the way you roll … not just cookie dough! The printed instructions make it very easy to follow along!

  3. Great trick!

  4. I love this! I am definitely going to have to try this and see how it works for me. Your video will definitely help me on my road to perfecting my sugar cutout cookies! :)

  5. I’ve been reading all your articles and watching your videos. Thanks so much for teaching us how to do what you do! I’ve always wanted to learn how to do this and finally have the time to learn! One question that has come up is- which thickness (?) do you use for your spacers? Or I guess, how thin do you roll your dough? Thanks so much!

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