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  1. Watch how to make these cutout sugar cookies
  2. Easter Cutout Sugar Cookies Recipe

I love cutout cookies. But oftentimes we only make them for the Christmas season. With the fresh flavors of orange zest and almond, these are fantastic at any time of the year, especially Easter. These are great to make with your children, friends, or let the perfectionist in you take over and make beautiful pieces of art.

You can decorate these and frost them any way you wish. They will taste amazing no matter what is on them. Make them once and you will put this recipe in your stash to use time after time!

Watch how to make these cutout sugar cookies

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A sugar cookie cut in the shape of an easter egg and decorated with frosting rests on a table.

Easter Cutout Sugar Cookies

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Sugar cookies are fun to make and eat, but they're not just for the winter holidays! These cookies create an exciting spring treat.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 30


For the cookies

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of ½ orange
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

For the royal icing

  • 2 tbsp egg white (meringue) powder
  • 1 ½-2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tbsp water


For the cookies

  • Cream butter and cream cheese until light, fluffy, and well combined. Add sugar and beat to combine. Mix in egg, orange zest, orange juice, vanilla, and almond extract. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and scrape the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
    1 cup butter, 2 oz cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, 1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp almond extract, zest of one orange, juice of ½ orange, 3 cups flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt
  • Divide dough into two disks and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight (dough may also be frozen for up to one month).
  • Once well chilled, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼- to ½-inch thick and cut with desired cookie cutters.
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10-14 minutes.
  • Frost with your favorite icing or try a royal icing like I used, dyed in pastel hues!

For the royal icing

  • Mix the ingredients together, adjusting the water and powdered sugar to create a thick consistency. It should run off the back of a spoon like a thick ribbon.
    1 ½-2 cups powdered sugar, 2-4 tbsp water, 2 tbsp egg white (meringue) powder
  • Separate into a bowl and color with food coloring.
  • Use pastry bags or a plastic cookie decorating bottle to decorate your cookies.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 159kcal
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. I’m kind of a nut about measuring when I bake. Given that oranges come in so many different sizes, how much orange juice should I use… 3 tablespoons maybe?

  2. Very good sugar cookie recipe.
    I made for my grandkids Easter cookies follow your recipe and all of them are perfectly in shape as well as all of them becomes very soft .
    I used your Royal icing recipe as well .
    Thank you

  3. they are sooo yummy, thank you Keleb for sharing.i don’t usually leave comment ,but I had to ,cause they are sooo good