I love baking, it’s one of my favorite things to do and the kids enjoy it as well.

One of my son’s favorite things to make is sugar cookie cut-outs, specifically Halloween shapes, so we make them a ton.

I “created” this recipe a couple years ago, messing around in the kitchen when I didn’t have everything to make whatever recipe I had had from the year prior. It has quickly become one of my favorites and takes no refrigeration. It works great for cut-outs or just tossed on the sheet rolled into balls.



  • 1 cup softened butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla





  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F
  2. IN a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture; mix well
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well
  5. Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball until 1/8 inch thick for cookie cut-outs
  6. Bake for 8-11 minutes


You can use butter cream icing, but I enjoy the Royal Icing the best.

My favorite way to make Royal Icing is to combine a bit of vanilla, milk, and powdered sugar (to desired consistency), divide and add whatever color, and decorate with my small decorating bottles. =]