Easy Sugar Cookies

This easy sugar cookies recipe is fun to make and the results are absolutely delicious! The cookies are just lightly sweet and perfect for decorating any time of the year!

sugar cookies on a cooling rack with white sugar on top

Everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe. They are about a dime a dozen but I can guarantee you that these are the best!

Honestly, my mom has been making these for as long as I can remember. We use these for everything! From Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s, Easter, Fourth of July, to everything in between!

This is just a basic sugar cookie that works perfectly for all your holiday wishes.

Or even just your everday wishes when you just want a sugar cookie.

I’ve already eaten like, four of these. So, I think it’s safe to say that I won’t tell if you don’t!

sugar cookies stacke don top of each other with a plate of cookies behind it

How to make sugar cookies

Easily! First, gather your ingredients. There’s only six so, this won’t take any time at all.

ingredients for sugar cookies in glass bowls

Now, add your butter and sugar to your mixing bowl. Stir until combined. Do not over beat! You don’t want your butter to become fluffy because this causes the cookie to spread when it bakes so, keep an eye on it!

Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Make sure the egg gets thoroughly incorporated!

Last two ingredients! Add the baking soda and, slowly, add your flour. Mix well after each addition. About 1/2 cup of flour at a time.

Aha! Your cookie dough is done. So close to the finish!

Split your cookie dough in half and place one half on a piece of parchment and the other back in the mixing bowl. Now, you don’t need to flour your sugar your surface before rolling. I recommend placing another piece of parchment over the cookie dough and rolling it to about an 1/8inch thick.

You can use whatever cookie cutter you like. Just make sure to try and get the most amount of cookies out of this first batch because the more you work the dough, the tougher the cookies are gonna get.

Once your cookies are cut, remove the excess and set aside. Place the sugar cookies on a lined sheet pan and set aside.

Loosely form another ball of dough with your excess and repeat the over head steps until no more dough is remaining (this includes the other half in the mixing bowl!).

This step is optional but if you’re doing plain sugar cookies, sprinkle a little decorative white (or whatever color you want) sugar on top!

sugar cookies on a sheet pan with sugar on top

Place the sheet pans in a 350 degree oven and cook for 12 minutes, or until slight browning.

sugar cookies on a sheet pan

Can you freeze sugar cookies

Of course! I’d recommend freezing them before any icing gets near them. So, once they’ve cooled from the oven, I’d place them in the freezer in an air tight bag.

sugar cookies stacked on a plate

Are sugar cookies nut free

Actually, yes! This recipe is nut free. However, I still recommend you double check your ingredients just to be sure.

sugar cookies stacked on top of each other

How long do sugar cookies last

If kept in an airtight container on the counter, I’d say for about a week or two before they start to become stale.

sugar cookies on a cooling rack with a plate of cookies behind it

Expert tips:

  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin mixing.
  • Don’t over mix the butter and sugar!
  • Bake the cookies on un-greased parchment for the best results.
  • Combine the flour and baking soda.
  • Stir flour in a little at a time, so that it’s easier to incorporate.

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sugar cookies on a cooking rack with white sugar on top

Easy Sugar Cookies

Traci
Soft and buttery. These sugar cookies are so easy to make and absolutely delicious!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Cream butter and sugar just until thoroughly mixed, 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla.
  • Combine flour and baking powder.
  • Add flour mixture, a little at a time, stirring until combined.
  • Roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
  • Cut into desired shapes.
  • Carefully lift and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 12-15 minutes, until bottoms have just started to brown.
  • Let cool before removing from pan.

Notes

  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin mixing.
  • Don’t over mix the butter and sugar!
  • Bake the cookies on un-greased parchment for the best results.
  • Combine the flour and baking soda.
  • Stir flour in a little at a time, so that it’s easier to incorporate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 101mgSugar: 7g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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5 Comments

  1. Looking forward to making this with my grand daughter and to decorating with beautiful color frosting.. Thanks for an easy recipe ..