Cut-Out Sugar Cookies



A little preface:  One of my biggest struggles is the lack of lighting in the kitchen at night when I do 99% of my cooking.  Another issue?  I need more limbs.  I only have two arms/hands to tackle this blogging thing.  I assumed my body knew I was lacking in the ‘limbs department’ so I was hoping to grow two more during 2018… but apparently that’s NOT happening!

“Don’t make assumptions.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

Teleportation abilities would’ve been nice too.  Oh well!!  Hopefully 2019 will make my superhero ability dreams come true.  *shrugs with only two shoulders*

So, back to my preface…. I told my husband I needed to “up” the photo game for my blog so he gave me my Christmas presents early.  He hooked me up with an elongated camera/phone clamp (aka, more hands), a variety of photo lenses including a polarized lens, and an LED camera light.

This is my first post trying out the new gear.  🙂



These soft cut-out sugar cookies are great for any holiday or themed party and so fun to decorate, especially if you have kids!  Their not-too-sweet flavor makes royal icing or buttercream frosting the perfect addition.  🙂



I hope you enjoyed my “photo op.”


My baking notes:

  • You have to spoon and level the flour.  To be specific:  use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup, and then level it with the elongated end of the spoon.  *Home Economics 101* 🙂


  • My final cookie dough product turned out crumbly and I followed the directions exactly.  Did I lose my cool?  Yep!  But after adding a couple splashes of milk to the dough, it came together very nicely.  Please note:  this recipe has GREAT reviews so it might have been my 5280 “super dry weather and elevation” problems…


  • Make sure to under-bake the cookies.  One thing I’ve learned about sugar cookies is you should NEVER let them brown, not even a bit.


  • You can frost them using basic royal icing, buttercream frosting, OR you can take a shortcut and buy Wilton’s Cookie Icing from almost any chain store.


  • Did you notice my cute little gingerbread boy and girl?  I drew on them with my daughter’s Crayola markers!  Just kidding.  You can buy the same baking pens from Amazon and they make decorating SO MUCH FUN and unique!  Link here: Bakerpan Food Coloring Markers

You can find the VERY EASY recipe here:

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies:

Recipe adapted from:

Enjoy 🙂 xoxo



Author: farmtotabletosoul

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

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