Best Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe with Sugar Cookie Icing
Try our absolute favorite Sugar Cookie Icing and Cut Out Cookie Recipe for your holiday baking endeavors. Make them as simple sugar cookies or mix things uo and make delicately spiced "Pumpkin Spice" Sugar Cookies for extra flavor!
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy—5 minutes. Add the salt, pumpkin pie spice, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat to combine.
Slowly add the flour until the dough in smooth. Then separate the dough and wrap it in 4 separate pieces. Place in the fridge and chill for at least one hour. (Could be made weeks in advance.)
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Remove one disk at a time. Flour a work surface and roll the disk out to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Work fast and cut the cookies as close together as possible. The more times you roll out the dough the tougher it gets. Use a thin spatula to transfer the cookies onto the baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 6-9 minutes. Cool completely on the cookie sheets before moving.
For the Sugar Cookie Icing:
Whisk the half & half, extract and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Dip and face of each cookie into the icing. Use a toothpick to wipe the excess icing off the edges of the cookie and to pop the air bubble in the surface of the icing. Then set on a rack to dry.
Is this cookie icing good for piping designs?You can also pipe this icing if you like. It is not quite as firm as royal icing, but the taste and texture are MUCH better! Add 1/2 - 1 cup extra powdered sugar if needed.