No-Chill Ombre Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Who needs diamonds for Valentine’s Day? Give me cookies any day. Specifically, I’ll take these delicious, Ombre, cut out sugar cookies. My kids will probably prefer them over anything else too.

If you follow me on Instagram at either @rachelquenzer or @sugarmaplefarmhouse then you may know that I was sick over the Christmas season with pneumonia. I was so sick I just put everything else on the back burner – décor, shopping, recipe creation, etc. But that meant I wasn’t about to share this cutout sugar cookie recipe with you.

So instead of cutout sugar cookies of snowflakes, stockings and reindeer, I’m giving you hearts. <3

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

That said, these cut out cookies are really perfect for any time of the year. Anytime you want to make a bit of a splash with something a little cuter than a standard chocolate chip cookie, these are the way to go.

The perfect cut out sugar cookies

I’ve actually been refining this recipe for a while now and testing different combinations of ingredients to create a cookie that:

  1. Tastes good
  2. Doesn’t take forever to make
  3. Doesn’t require refrigeration (This mama doesn’t have time for that.)
  4. Would be thick enough that it could be eaten all on its own without any sort of frosting. My son isn’t a big lover of frosting and sprinkles so this specifically was important to me for his sake.

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Getting it right

A few days before Christmas, I finally nailed it! I took a batch of the cut out sugar cookies to my family’s just to be sure I had a consensus. These cookies, even the ones my kids had decorated with a barrage of sprinkles and eyes, were ALL eaten before my other holiday cookies.

Honestly, when I make them now it’s just hard to keep them around. My kids want to eat them straight out of the oven.

The flavor of these cut out sugar cookies will taste like a mix of a shortbread cookie and a sugar cookie. I didn’t go too far in one direction but wanted a nice combination of both.

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar CookiesWho likes icing?

When I made these Ombre Heart Valentine’s Day cut out sugar cookies my daughter begged me to put the frosting on and take the photos so she could eat them. I was going to wait until the following day, because it had started to get dark and I don’t photograph in the dark, but she was a little desperate for a sugar pick-me-up at 4 p.m. Reminds me of me with my 4 p.m. coffee.

Instead of using royal icing, I created a simple sugar icing. I’m not generally a huge fan of royal icing. Even though we have chickens and fresh eggs here on the farm, I still don’t like using raw eggs in things – especially when it comes to the kids. (The farm community might expel me for saying that.)

You can also make royal icing with Meringue powder, but I feel like it’s a bit tasteless. However, if it’s your thing, I found some here on Amazon. It’s hard to find in regular grocery stores outside of holiday season.

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar CookiesMy icing of choice

My icing for these cut out sugar cookies have just a few ingredients:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Food coloring – If you want you can leave it white. OR, I found this natural food coloring too. However, the natural colors were a bit off. The red was actually more purple. I ended up using regular food coloring.

I love the flavor profile of this combination and prefer it over royal icing made with eggs or meringue powder. My kids love it too.

To make the icing Ombre, you simply add more or less food coloring as you go. I added 4 drops of red to the light heart, 8 to the dark pink and 10-12 to the dark red.

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For this recipe I used a cookie cutter from William Sonoma. However, it doesn’t appear that they have it anymore.

The full, printable recipe is below for the cut out sugar cookies and the icing. I hope that you enjoy them and please let me know if you make them! For more sweet recipes, click here.

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Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Ombre Heart Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Ombre Cut Out Sugar Cookies

These cut out sugar cookies will be your new favorite cookie! They taste delicious and are an adorable way to celebrate any occasion. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cut out sugar cookies, dessert, dessert recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Rachel Quenzer


Cut Out Sugar Cookies Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature This is very important to have them at room temperature.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Icing Ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar or powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp. of milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional: Food Coloring


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  • In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes. You might need to scrape the bowl a few times to get the butter off the sides. 
  • Separately, mix or sift your other dry ingredients together. 
  • Then, mix together the egg and vanilla in another bowl. 
  • Once the butter and sugar are well combined, begin gradually adding the in the egg and vanilla mixture. Continue to mix for about 2 minutes. 
  • Once that’s combined, turn your mixer on low and gradually add your flour in. I add in about half a cup to ¾ a cup at a time. You might need to scrape the sides a time or two. 
  • Roll your dough out onto parchment paper and work it into two sections. Set one aside so you can work on smaller batches. This is helpful for smaller kitchens. 
  • Begin rolling out your dough. I like to roll mine to about ¼ inch. If your dough feels sticky, you can roll it between two pieces of parchment paper. But, this dough shouldn’t be sticky. 
  • Cut out sugar cookie shapes and add them to a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Give them enough space to cook, but they won’t spread much on you. NOTE: If you don’t use parchment paper the bottoms of your cookies will brown too fast. 
  • Bake for 9/10 minutes. Keep an eye on them, a minute can be the difference between a cookie that’s the right color and one that is a little too brown on the edges. 
  • Remove them from the oven when they’re done and let them cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Then remove them to complete cooling on a cooling rack. Let cool completely before icing. 
  • While the cookies are cooling, mix your icing ingredients together and then let sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture starts to stiffen.
  • Add icing to the cookie with a knife, by drizzling it on or by using a piping bag. Let harden before serving. 


  1. These look amazing. They turned out so great. I need to learn to do this frosting because it makes them look so much nicer. I love these!

  2. These looks adorable and so yummy! I was a little bummed I didn’t read this in time for Valentine’s day – but you’re right… I could make this anytime of the year. My kiddos would LOVE them. Thanks for the tip on the natural food coloring turning a little purple. I would’ve just thought it was yet another one of my human errors in the kitchen. I’m known for many mishaps in the kitchen. Ha!

  3. These cookies look so good! Even better that you don’t have to chill them before making! All my recipes call for that ? Can’t wait to bake these!


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