Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style

Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style

This recipe is BY FAR the Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough. The flavor is amazing, the crumb is delicate with a light lemon flavor, and the cookies hold their shape while baking.
What more can you ask for in a cutout sugar cookie dough?
Update (2108): While I no longer bake and decorate cutout sugar cookie dough for purchase, I still occasionally decorate them for fun and for friends.
It was in looking through my blog for the recipe, that I found this original post dated 2013.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough is available near the end of this post. 

This is what I wrote in 2013:

I think most of you probably already know that, years ago, I once had my own cookie business. But if you don’t, let me tell you a little story…

It all started after a bakery I was working at closed their doors for business. I didn’t start working there in any capacity other than the behind the counter girl/cashier.

I loved my time there but ultimately wanted to be behind the scenes baking and decorating those wonderful confections that were so very popular with the customers. When times were slow I’d hang out in the kitchen washing dishes and would watch and learn from the head baker/decorator (Daphne) her tips and tricks for turning out lovely desserts.

As time went on, I was invited to try my hand (i.e. practice) with the piping bags and icing colors and see what I could do. From there I was soon spending my time rolling cookie dough and in turn, wound up being the go-to cookie decorator. I LOVED it and found that is was something that I was really pretty good at.

When the bakery had to close, I wasn’t ready to give up my piping bags just yet. The timing was quite perfect as we had just remodeled our small non-functional kitchen into something much larger and much more user-friendly.

It was at that point that I’d decided I’d step up to the plate and try my hand at creating my own cookie business, out of my home kitchen. Thankfully, with the bakery closing, I was able to purchase many of their items (baking sheets, cookie boxes etc.) at a deeply discounted price so I could start my business almost immediately without having to shell out all sorts of additional cash for tons of supplies.

But first I had to come up with very my own recipe for the cookies (and icing) as I didn’t want to use the one the bakery had used. I knew I could do better with just a little bit of tasting and testing. Not long after, I was ready for business.

In order to gain customer visibility, I had asked my friends Tracey and Michael if they’d be willing to display my cookies in their local party rental store. I offered to coordinate my cookies to their paper goods for all sorts of different occasions.

In a small way, it would also benefit them and their rapidly growing business by offering something different to their clients that other rental stores didn’t. They kindly said yes and I was off and running.

Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -
Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -
Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -

Over the next few years, as my business grew, I decided that it was time to take more of a concrete stand in the running of a reputable food business.

I took the proper courses and received my Illinois Food and Sanitation license (still good through 2015 I might add).  Don’t ever let it be said that I only do things only halfway. When I decide to jump, I use both feet and make the largest splash I can. Not always smart, but it’s how I roll 🙂

I was also extremely fortunate in finding a local catering kitchen in my own hometown that allowed me to rent a tiny bit of kitchen space on a month-to-month basis. It was there that I’d spend my mornings, preparing my dough (recipe to follow) along with cutting and baking my cookies.

Then I would pack everything up, cling wrapping my baked cookies and transporting them home where I would ultimately work in my own home kitchen doing all the decorating and packaging. It was exhausting and my poor and achy feet were letting me know that they were not happy with the current situation. Ouch!

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Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -
Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -

All during my time as a cookie artist I was making wonderful friends and connections in the decorated cookie community with the help of twitter and facebook.

I can not explain to you how important it was for me to feel like a valued part of this ever-growing community of wonderfully creative women. Many of these valued connections I made I still have today, even though our shared commonality of cookie decorating has faded away. One of those such connections is Bridget, of Bake At 350.

Bridget is one of the nicest and sweetest cookie people I know and her talent knows no boundaries. At one point, she had even invited me to become a cookie “professor” on a website she was hosting at the time called  “University Of Cookie”.  Needless to say, I was honored.

I’ve always admired Bridget’s creative cookies so when she came out with her very own cookie decorating book last fall I jumped at the chance to own one.  If you’re interested in winning your very own copy of Bridget Edward’s book “Decorating Cookies”, hold on because I’m offering one free copy to someone at the very end of this post and it’s the perfect accompaniment to the cookie recipe I’m sharing with you today.

But, back to my story…and the recipe for Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style which you’ve been waiting so patiently for…LOL!

With my poor old feet begging me to sit, I decided to break out the paintbrushes and try something new. I began painting my iced cookies with a mixture of food coloring and water.

To my knowledge, it’s something that had not been seen much in the cookie world at that time. This brainstorm worked in two ways: It satisfied my long lost desire to get back to painting (my first passion), and it stops my dogs from barking (i.e. my feet). Not my real dogs, they bark all the time. LOL.

Here are a few examples of the painted cookies I was doing at the time:

Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -
Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -
Very Best Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style -

Who knew that painting on cookies would have renewed my love of painting so strongly?

It wasn’t long before I realized just how much I missed the brushes and paints and shortly thereafter, I hung up my cookie apron and decided to fully pursue my first true love of painting.

There are many things I’m thankful for spending so many years baking and decorating those little edible works of art, and there are still times now and then when I miss my old cookie days.

Naturally, I miss the bond I shared with all those talented women who are continually breaking new ground in the edible cookie art community.

I have the utmost respect for all of the talented cookie artists in the world and the amount of time and effort they spend on each and every little sugar cookie creation!!!

It’s been almost 4 years since I’ve decorated cookies and was just recently asked to make cookie favors for my niece’s bridal shower. While I would have never shared my recipe before, with this special request… NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME!

I know that you’ll find this recipe is one of the best tasting sugar cookie recipes around! To this day people still tell me they crave the taste of my cookies.

Other than the amazing flavor and delicate crumb these cookies possess, what you’ll really appreciate is that they hold their shape during baking, which is essential for good sugar cookie decorating!

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough.

5 from 1 vote
Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert – Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cutout sugar cookie dough, Kudos Kitchen cookie dough, Kudos Kookie Dough
Servings: 30 3″ cookies
  • 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

  2. Add the egg, cream, and lemon zest.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

  4. Add the flour in thirds to the creamed butter mixture just until the ingredients are blended, making sure not to over beat the dough.

  5. Form the dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill or freeze until ready to use.

  6. Roll the dough to 1/8″ inch, cut with desired cutters and bake in a 350-degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Oops. Out of sequence. I forgot to show you the color of doneness you’re looking for when your cookies are perfectly baked!

YUM! YUM! Now you have the perfect sugar cookie recipe to either start your own decorated sugar cookie company, or just make some really great cookies for your family and friends!

The only other thing you’ll still need are some terrifically cute designs and loads and loads of cookie decorating tips and inspiration.

But, guess what? I’ve got your back on this!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and recipe for Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

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  1. Awww, Renee I never knew the whole story, just parts of it. I loved reading this! You're an amazing artist, no matter what medium you are using. What's important is that you love what you're doing…and your feet don't ache…

    You were (and continue to be!) such a great help to me and my cookie business!

    (I already own Bridget's wonderful book, so please don't enter me in the drawing.) 🙂

  2. Wow, GREAT story!!!! And I can sympathize and empathize with the barking dogs. Oh, and my back barks, too! You cookies are amazing, but your glassware art is over the top and I, for one, am so glad that is where you have landed. What a creative talent you have. Certainly blessed! I'm also blessed to call you a friend and always wish you every success. Now, on to the recipe and making some of these puppies! Woof!

  3. Thanks for sharing your story! I started following you after you switched over to painting again so I missed all the cookies! I am working on building my cookie/cake business until I can afford to open a shop so there are definitely days that my dogs bark…(retail job + cookie/cake decorating after work). Thanks again, gotta go shopping for supplies this morning!

  4. Dawn Goerger

    I will attest these are the best tasting cookies out there…..thanks for sharing the recipe, but I like them better when you make them 🙂

  5. I never knew your story, so it's neat to learn the background!

    I would LOVE to win the cookbook. I've never been much of a cookie decorator, and with two kids always wanting cookies, or wanting them for birthdays, it would REALLY come in handy! 🙂

  6. I'm not entering I just don't have the talent for decorating cookies. What I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your talents, cookies, painting, cooking you can do it all and I am in awe

  7. Anonymous

    Love ypur story .im always afraid to make sugar cookies but your demstation give me courage and the receipe sounds wonderful thanks so much

  8. I would love to win Bridget's cookie book. I have so enjoyed reading your blog, seeing your creations and now I know your back story. You have given me the courage to kick myself in the hiney and do something with my love for cookie baking. Thanks!

  9. Such a great story! I didn't know you made cookies and they are so pretty! I would love to learn to decorate cookies! I know this cookbook would be a great help! Thank you for your recipe too! My cookies always spread! You have inspired me!

  10. I knew you were a talented artist, but this is a new peek into your creativity. Wow.

  11. All these cookies are beautiful!!! You have such a talent. I would love to take my sugar cookies up a few notches!

  12. I love reading the story of how you got started, honestly Renee, you are a true artist. Your cookies are just beautiful as are your gorgeous hand painted glasses.

  13. what a wonderful talented lady, and thanks a bunch for sharing your recipes and story. Would love to own a Fabulous Decorating Cookies book by Bridget, makes me want to go and start a batch or two.

  14. oh man! I'd love to have this book – my boyfriend's family is big on decorating cookies for christmas and it would be such a treat to show them everything in this!

  15. What an amazing story, thanks so much for sharing the cookies with us!!!!! Even if I don't like in the US right now my parents are going there for a month (until the end of july) so I don't know if I could enter! If not i'm glad at least I get to try at home your recipe!!!

  16. Anonymous

    I love to bake and make cookies, but I am not very good at decorating them. I think this book would be a very useful tool to help me. Thank you for the giveaway. mommafox1943 at msn dot com.

  17. I was just searching for a recipe to do with my kids today and I'm glad I found you! This makes me want to do cookies without the kids, too!

  18. G'day! What a beautiful story that today has "inspired" me, true!
    I have recently improved my confidence baking (cakes and muffins) and would LOVE to create now with cookies too!
    Love to see step by step photos to guide me,
    Imagine and Australian related cookie for me to share and write about so you and your viewers could see!!
    Cheers! Joanne

  19. I just got into sugar cookies & bought all the supplies so this book would be a huge help!

  20. Thanks for sharing your story! I am relatively new at baking and completely self taught. I've gotten very good at cakes but I still lack in the cookie department so I would love this book to help up my game with cookies! lol

    Shannon F.

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