Picture of Cutout Sugar Cookies
This is the best sugar cookie recipe I've ever tried. The cookies are soft and hold their cutout shape very well. They are perfect for holiday decorating. 

Step 1: Sugar Cookie Base

Picture of Sugar Cookie Base
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cream cheese
1 tb flavored extract (vanilla, cherry, almond, lemon) etc.
8 cups flour
1 tb baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 ¼ tsp salt

1. Cream the butter, sugar, and cream cheese together in a large bowl. Add in the sour cream, eggs, and extract. Mix well.
2. Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder into the butter  mixture.
3. Form the dough in a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least an hour or overnight.