Prepare yourselves to learn the world’s best sugar cookie recipe. I have made these dozens of times, and each time, they are perfection! I typically make these for Halloween or Valentine’s Day with homemade buttercream frosting.

I decided to get a little fancy and make a fun Halloween cookie board for my kids and their friends. Happy almost Halloween! Tag me in your cookie boards on Instagram @themodernfarmhouse_il

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 mins

3 Cups sifted flour

2 tsps baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 c shortening (not butter)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 c sugar

4 tsp milk

Directions: Mix the first 5 ingredients like pie crust (I use a food processor). Cream eggs, vanilla, sugar, and milk separately. Add to other ingredients. Dough my be sticky. Refrigerate for 30 mins. Generously flour surface, roll dough, use favorite festive cookie cutters!

Cut-Out Cookie Buttercream

Frosting recipe is one I found online ( and have used for a few years.

1 stick butter (room temp) + 3-4 c confectioner’s sugar + 4 tablespoons milk + 1tsp vanilla.

Cream butter, add 1c sugar + milk + vanilla. Beat til smooth and creamy. Slowly add remaining sugar until desired consistency. Divide and add food coloring as desired.

*I use Wilton gel food coloring.

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