It’s the baking season, and this Sugar Cookie Recipe is a favorite. It’s simple, delicious, and a go-to recipe with dough that delivers beautifully shaped cookies. Every time.
Regardless of which season or shape you’re baking for, this sugar cookie recipe is simply the best I’ve ever made.
And when the holiday season comes around, there isn’t a more quintessential Christmas cookie than cutout sugar cookies.
I use this same recipe for all the cutouts seasons: fall pumpkin cookie cutouts, turkey cutouts, snowflakes, Santas, and trees… and all things Christmas. Only to make it again for Valentine’s Day in the shape of hearts, and St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks, and Easter bunnies.
Well, you get the idea. I make them all year long.
There’s always a season for shaped sugar cookies!
And this recipe is the one I come back to every season. It just works. And it tastes really good.
Sugar Cookie Ingredients
For the exact measurements, see the recipe card below, but here’s all you need to make these simple cookies:
- Butter, softened to room temperature
- Granulated sugar: see note below on using brown sugar
- Large egg
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Salt: I prefer fine sea salt, but use what you have.
Sugar in these Sugar Cookie Cutouts
I’ve written the recipe using granulated sugar. However… I love to substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar when I can. The flavor is rich and a little unexpected. But, it does yield a darker-hued dough… which doesn’t work with all shapes and seasons.
The dough doubles easily, which I do often.
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- 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and combine. Continue to beat until the dough comes together, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
- Divide the dough in half and roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate cut-out cookies on the baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cold.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Bake cookies for 9 to 10 minutes, or until set and light brown around the edges. Let sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Icebox Variation: This dough works great as an icebox cookie. Instead of forming the dough into a disk, form into a log, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to bake. Then simply slice and bake. Or... roll the log in sprinkles or chopped nuts and then slice and bake. As you can see, there are endless variations!