Beautifully decorated cut-out cookies are all the rage in the culinary world, and old-fashioned sugar cookies are a bakery staple. Consider combining the two in your own kitchen. Making cut-out cookies is easy and quick when using slice n' bake prepared sugar cookie dough. Even inexperienced bakers can create stunning cut-out cookies that will surely impress the recipients.
Things You'll Need
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Cookie sheet
- Cooling rack
- Rubber spatula
- Butter knife
- Vanilla frosting
- Food coloring (optional)
- Decorations (optional)
Making Cut-Out Cookies
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove slice n' bake sugar cookie dough from the plastic wrapper using scissors to snip off the ends.
Lightly flour the surface where you are working. Adding too much flour at this point may make the dough tough.
Roll the dough using a lightly floured rolling pin to 1/2-inch thick.
Cut out shapes in the dough using cookie cutters. Cut out as many cookies as you can and work the scraps back into a ball. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all of the dough is cut out. Remember to use extra flour sparingly.
Transfer cut-out dough to a lightly greased cookie sheet by gently sliding a spatula under it. Place cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake in the oven for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cook times may vary with different brands of cookie dough, so follow the package instructions.
Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to rest on a cookie sheet for two minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack using a spatula and allow them to cool completely. This should take 30 minutes.
Decorating Cut-Out Cookies
Open store-bought vanilla frosting and stir with a butter knife. Sometimes the oil separates and needs to be reincorporated.
Tint small batches of frosting using one or two drops of food coloring if you choose. Transfer the frosting into small bowls and stir the food coloring into the frosting until you achieve the desired color.
Spread frosting on cooled cookies using a butter knife. If the cookies are not cooled completely, the icing will melt off the cookie.
Set up bowls of different topping choices, such as sprinkles, chocolate candy pieces, licorice bits, dried fruit or nuts, and let children, or other adults, decorate the frosted cookies any way they choose.
Tips & Warnings
- Store frosted sugar cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Place cookies in a single layer one inch apart, and place wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
- Take proper caution around a hot oven and cookie sheets when baking with young children.
- Always use oven mitts when taking hot cookie sheets out of the oven, and never leave baking cookies unattended.
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