Classic Sugar Cookies Recipe

Classic Sugar Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

This easy cookie recipe is perfect for an occasion. Let the kids have fun decorating with frosting or take them over the top by decorating with royal icing.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (8oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Beat in eggs and the vanilla, mixing until incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the flour mixture; mix on low speed just until the dough comes together. Divide dough in half, press into a flat disc and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  4. Roll dough on a lightly floured work surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Using a spatula, carefully transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each cookie.
  5. Bake until cookies are pale and set, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.
  6. Cook’s Note:
  7. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week.


Amount Per Serving (based on 36 servings)
Calories: 110
Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Sodium: 30 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 7 g
Protein: 1 g
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