Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: August 28, 2021 Modified: August 29, 2021
Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

This sugar cookie recipe makes such soft and chewy goodies that everyone will love. It’s an easy one and it requires just a few ingredients. So for fans of perfectly baked soft golden brown cookies, this is the recipe for you. In fact, their plain base makes them perfect for all sorts of decorations using sugar cookie icing. For instance, you can simply turn them into peppermint sugar cookies with delicious cream cheese frosting, making them the best treat for any celebration. 

Tips on Making Our Sugar Cookie Recipe

Homemade sugar cookies have a high ratio of flour to butter which makes their dough much sturdier than in other recipes. They hold their shape better so it’s ideal to use a cookie cutter to shape and decorate them with royal icing that’s been tinged with food coloring if you’d like. Below, you’ll find useful tips to help you in making your dough:

  • Accurately measure your dry ingredients using a kitchen weighing scale. Using too much flour for the dough will yield very dry and crunchy cookies.
  • We recommend using cold butter to mix with the rest of the dough ingredients. If your butter is at room temperature, then it will be way too soft. Consequently, you’ll have to spend more time waiting for it to chill.
  • You can use different extracts in place of vanilla if you want. Try a couple of drops of almond extract to switch things up.
  • Don’t skip resting and refrigerating your dough. This step helps make it firmer, which makes it easier to roll out and cut into shapes later on.
  • Save your milk and pair this dessert with a yummy and healthy non-dairy eggnog instead. This will balance out all that sweetness and dairy in these treats!

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How To Make Favorite Sugar Cookies

Bite on soft and chewy sugar cookies for a truly delightful treat. This is an easy recipe that will make you realize that it’s always fun and fulfilling to bake sugar cookies from scratch.

Prep: 30 mins
Rest: 2 hrs
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 2 hrs 38 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

To Serve:

  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Set aside.

  3. Cream together butter and powdered sugar until fluffy and has doubled in volume.

  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Continue creaming.

  5. Sift and fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture until evenly incorporated.

  6. Prepare the parchment paper then place your cookie dough on top.

  7. Roll the dough into a log roughly 5 centimeters in diameter and transfer to a chilled area.

  8. Rest the dough for 2 hours, roll it out, and cut into shapes roughly 1-centimeter thick.

  9. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes until the edges are light brown. Let them cool and serve with a glass of milk or your favorite drink.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my sugar cookies hard?

Cookies continue to bake inside even when they are taken out of the oven. Initially, they’ll be very soft, but they will harden as they cool down. However, one way to ensure you get soft sugar cookies is to avoid over mixing or overworking the dough. Make sure to stop mixing once the dry ingredients in your dough are added and incorporated together. A sign that it’s already good is when you no longer see any hints of flour.

What is the difference between butter cookies and sugar cookies?

Sugar cookies have a higher flour to butter or fat ratio that allows it to be rolled and cut out to shapes because of its dry cookie dough. This is also why they have a soft and crumbly texture. In addition, they are often decorated with royal icing while butter cookies are usually eaten as they are. 

Conclusion

Our easy sugar cookie recipe is one of the best holiday treats you can serve to your loved ones for a truly memorable holiday celebration. It’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and pairs well with just about any drink.

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