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How To Make Sugar Cookies Recipe

If you’re looking for the most versatile and BEST sugar cookies recipe, look no further! These buttery cookies can either be rolled out and cut into shapes or baked soft and chewy! 
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time1 hour 12 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 161kcal


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Start by preheating oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt and whisk together until well combined.
  • In your stand mixer, add butter and sugar and mix on medium high speed until light, fluffy and creamy (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Next add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth.  Scrape down sides if needed.
  • Finally turn mixer down to slow speed and add flour mixture in intervals of 3 and mix until combined.
  • Remove the cookie dough from mixer and cut into 4 mounds of dough and wrap with plastic wrap creating disks. Refrigerate for about 30-40 minutes.
  • For regular drop sugar cookies, scoop out 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.  Pat with your hand slightly to flatten.
  • For roll out/cut out sugar cookies, add a disk of dough to a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper.  Roll until about ⅛ inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut shapes.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Don’t skip out on chilling time. This allows the dough to stiffen and makes it easier to roll out. Allow your dough to rest for at least 30-40 minutes before getting to work. 
Roll out your dough in small batches. Rolling out one large sheet of dough can be difficult. It often results in uneven cookies and more work for you. Work with small pieces at a time.
Slightly underbake the cookies. Underbaking your cookies gives them that chew that develops after they’ve cooled. If the edges of your cookie start to brown, they’re overcooked. Start to keep an eye out on your cookies at about 9 minutes and don’t leave them in the oven for longer than 12.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg