a plate of fresh milled flour cut out sugar cookies iced with white buttercream icing, the perfect holiday cookie
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Sugar Cut Out Cookie – Made With Fresh Milled Flour – Secret Family Recipe

I am sharing my Amazing Four Generation Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe! This recipe for these incredible cut out cookies has been in my family for at least 4 generations! I will pass it on to my kids a well. I like to make the dough ahead of time, and store it in the refrigerator overnight, or at least a few hours. This allows the fresh milled flour to absorb all the liquid, and for the dough to rest. So it is easier to roll out. But, if you came here looking for a non-iced sugar cookie, I have a recipe for that too, HERE.

close up of a cut out cookie with green and silver sprinkles other cookies in the background
Rustic, quick, and easy icing! I am not a professional cookie decorator, so I go with simple classic circles.

Why Should You Try This Cut Out Cookie Recipe?

Well, this recipe makes beautiful cut out designs, and holds up so well. Also, it makes a softer cookie, not a crunchy cookie. The taste takes me right back to my childhood once again! I have lovely memories of making these very cookies with my siblings and mother when I was younger.

circle cut out sugar cookies on a cooling rack waiting to be iced
These delicious cookies are cooling off, and waiting to be iced & decorated.

What Does Butter Do In This Cookie Recipe?

So, butter, ah butter. Butter brings a level of flavor that is really hard to imitate and get the same results. There are many substitutes, but none really stack up to the real thing! Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand there are dietary restrictions and different choice diets, so I do believe there is a place for these substitutes.

Because butter is typically 15-20% water, and not 100% fat it brings moisture into the recipe. So, you will end up with a softer cookie, which is what my family prefers for cutout cookies. But, because I want the cookies to keep their shape, I add a little coconut oil.

top shows a glass bowl of 3 cubes of stick butter, and the bottom shows a glass jar with a wooden scoop in coconut oil
Butter Vs Coconut Oil

What Does Coconut Oil Do In This Cookie Recipe?

First, this is the one change I made to the original cookie recipe from 4 generations ago. It was made with Shortening. Well, I prefer not to use shortening so a great substitute for shortening is coconut oil. It reacts very similar in recipes. So, the reason for Shortening or coconut oil in this recipe is used, because it helps the cookies keep their shape better, coconut oil is all fat. Because it has 100% fat content, there is less moisture, so the cookies would be crunchier if I used all coconut oil or shortening. To sum up, I like to use part coconut oil for the shape, but I prefer a softer chewier cookies, so I like to add butter for part of the fat. Next time, I might try with all butter, just to see the results, because who doesn’t love the taste of butter, right? lol

white bowl of cut out icing with a spoon in the bowl, and green sprinkles in the background
Disclaimer- I measure my cookie icing by heart, I just add a little here and there until is how I like it.

How To Make Butter Icing That Firms Up

Here is a trick my grandma told me many years ago. (She lived until she was a healthy 96 years old, even skydiving the same year she passed. What an amazing woman she was! Inspiration to so many, including me!) She taught me, if I start with melted butter for my cookie icing, it will end up getting firm. If I start with firmer butter, it will stay soft. So far, she hasn’t steered me wrong.

table filled with a bowl of cookie icing, plate of iced cut out Christmas cookies, and cookies all over the table, clear glass bowls of green, silver, and red sugar sprinkles

I Decorated These cookies with a more rustic and simple design, you could make these as intricate as you wish!

Ingredients For This Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe

  • 3&1/2 cup fresh milled flour 380g (I milled 380g of soft white wheat )
  • 2&1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or shortening) 110g
  • 1/2 cup softened butter 110g (could use all butter, but they may not keep as defined shapes)
  • 1&1/2 cup sugar 300g
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract ( I love to make mine, you can see how HERE)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 TBSP to 2 TBSP milk as needed

Ingredients For Icing

  • 1 cup melted butter 240g
  • 4-6 cups of powdered sugar 600g (depending on what consistency you prefer.)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1-3 TBSP milk (disclaimer- I normally measure with my heart until I get it how I want it)
a plate of fresh milled flour cut out sugar cookies iced with white buttercream icing, the perfect holiday cookie
So, these cut out cookies made with fresh milled flour are iced with white buttercream icing, perfect for any holiday or occasion.

Instructions For Making This Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe

  1. First, mill the flour.
  2. Add baking powder & salt to the flour
  3. Then, cream the butter, coconut oil, and sugar together for about 3 minutes, until creamy
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in between.
  5. Next, add vanilla & lemon juice.
  6. Finally add the flour mixture, and mix until no dry flour is left.
  7. Add up to 2 TBSP milk as needed to thin.
  8. Wrap dough, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  9. After the dough has chilled, get it out of the fridge
  10. Preheat oven to 375*F
  11. On a floured surface, roll dough to about 1/3 inch thick. I love to use this guided rolling pin HERE
  12. Cut out desired shapes, and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  13. Bake for 8 minutes, Don’t overbake, or they will be crunchy (unless of course you want crunchy*wink)
  14. Make Icing
  15. After cookies have cooled completely, ice however your heart desires! Creativity is up to you! *Pro Tip- Get some other friends or family members to help!
special metal rolling pin with thickness guides on it

This Rolling Pin is amazing for keeping everything the same thickness! The size adjusters come right off, and there are many different sizes. Also, it is easy to clean, and lightweight! HERE it is if you are interested.

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Sugar Cut Out Cookies – Four Generation Recipe

I am sharing my Amazing Four Generation Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe! This recipe for these incredible cut out cookies has been in my family for at least 4 generations! I will pass it on to my kids a well. I like to make the dough ahead of time, and store it in the refrigerator overnight, or at least a few hours. This allows the fresh milled flour to absorb all the liquid, and for the dough to rest. So it is easier to roll out.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Refrigeration time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 23 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36

Ingredients
  

  • 3&1/2 cup Fresh milled flour 380g I milled 380g of soft white wheat
  • 2&1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 110g or shortening
  • 1/2 cup softened butter 110g could use all butter, but they may not keep as defined shapes
  • 1&1/2 cup sugar 300g
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract I love to make mine
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 2 TBSP Milk as needed (you may need more or less, look at the dough consistency)

Ingredients For Icing

  • 1 cup Melted butter 240g
  • 4-6 cups Powdered sugar 600g May need more or less, depending on what consistency you prefer.
  • 1 splash vanilla extract
  • 1-3 TBSP Milk Thin as needed

Instructions
 

  • First, mill the flour.
  • Add baking powder & salt to the flour
  • Then, cream the butter, coconut oil, and sugar together for about 3 minutes, until creamy
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in between.
  • Next, add vanilla & lemon juice.
  • Finally add the flour mixture, and mix until no dry flour is left.
  • Add up to 2 TBSP milk as needed to thin.
  • Wrap dough, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • After the dough has chilled, get it out of the fridge
  • Preheat oven to 375*F
  • On a floured surface, roll dough to about 1/3 inch thick. Cut out desired shapes, and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, Don't overbake, or they will be crunchy (unless of course you want crunchy*wink)

Make Icing, and Decorate!

  • After cookies have cooled completely, ice however your heart desires! Creativity is up to you! *Pro Tip- Get some other friends or family members to help!

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Notes

I Decorated These cookies with a more rustic and simple design, you could make these as intricate as you wish!
You could use all butter, instead of coconut oil if you prefer, they may not keep their shape quite a well, but the taste is amazing!
Keyword cut out cookies, fresh ground flour, fresh milled flour, iced cookies, soft white wheat, sugar cookies

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