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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

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Sugar Cookies
4.5 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.5/5 (11)
Course: Cutout CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A simple sugar cookie recipe with a tender, flaky texture and a buttery taste. Yum! The preferred sugar cookie recipe of the webmaster.


  • 1 cup butter * , softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder


  • Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder in intervals. Dough will seem as if doesn’t have enough moisture but continue to mix with mixer until combined (it will come together when chilled). Divide the dough into four equal parts, shape into four disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper, about 1/4 inch thick for crispier cookies and 1/3 inch thick for softer cookies. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges just start to turn a golden color. For softer cookies, do not allow the cookies to take on color. Remove from oven, let cool for one minute and then transfer to wire rack. Allow cookie sheet to cool thoroughly before placing uncooked dough on it. Decorate cookies with Royal Icing, Powdered Sugar Icing I, or Buttercream Frosting and sprinkles.


  • * Use a quality butter with a high fat content. In recent years, some companies, especially low-cost generic brands, have been adding more water content to the butter and that has resulted in less than perfect results.
  • Can be stored in freezer undecorated for 2 months. Dough also freezes well.
  • Yield varies greatly depending on how thin you roll out the dough and how large your cookie cutters are, but an overall guideline is 24 cookies.


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This is a great recipe! My mother in law sent me the link she’s been using this recipe for years. Now I use it, and I always get great reviews!
- AB

I have been doing this recipe for the last 10 years and they are GREAT!!! Not too sweet, it makes the perfect partner for a hot drink like coffee. I'm a fan of this recipe and I'll continue to make this delicious cookies for the next 10 years.
- Stella

I give it 4 stars but I found I had to be patient rolling out the dough. I did live the taste! Doesn't taste like cardboard or fake cookies.
- BakerInWi

Horrible, dough was flimsy and everything broke apart. Followed instructions to the letter.
- A Baker

I have been making these for Years these are just like the ones Mom used make. I add a half tsp of almond extract a half tsp of salt and put colored sugar on top before baking. Its just not Christmas without these cookies!
- Grandpa

Best recipe, I use it every year to get crisp cookies with the buttercream frosting. YUM!
- A Baker

Ive just checked this recipe out. And it was amazing. I cooked them, and they tasted like heaven. By far the best cookies I've had
- A Baker

I'm not much of a baker, but these cookies were easy to make and quite yummy. Followed directions as written. My wife and I frosted them, the kids drowned them in sprinkles and colored sugar, and Santa ate a whole plateful.
- newbie

Have used this recipie for years. I make them min. 1/4" thick and don't overbake and rarely have any breakage. Always soft unless I over cook them. Use parchment paper to avoid sticking.
- A Baker

My family requests these every year with the buttercream frosting. I always make the frosting with butter and keep it in the fridge and we dunk or decorate as we consume. Nom!
- A Baker

This recipe is great! The cookies have come out perfect every time I've made them and I have been making this recipe every Christmas with my granddaughter since she was 2. She's turning 10 in January, so that's 8 years now! If a grandpa who's not really a baker gets these to come out great every time, anyone can. Merry Christmas everyone.
- Ellery in Phoenix
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