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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe

This basic sugar cookie recipe is perfect for everyday baking or holiday cookies. They are tender with a crisp edge and taste great with royal icing.
Course Cookies
Keyword cookies, cut out, Recipe, roll out, Sugar Cookies
Author Lisa


  • 4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks butter 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  • Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix until combined.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix on low increasing speed as needed. Add a little at a time and mix just until combined.
  • Divide dough into 3-4 discs.
  • Wrap each in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325. °
  • Let disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes.
  • Cut out your shapes.
  • Remove the excess dough and place the mat with the cutouts in the freezer until the dough is very firm, about 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 7-11 minutes. Baking times will vary so keep a close eye on them. Remove from oven and let them cool on wire racks.