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I have searched high and low for the perfect sugar cookie recipe.  It took years to find.  I had to kiss a lot of frogs to find this recipe.  I love it for a few reasons.  1) It makes a ton of cookies.  2) It rolls out like a dream.  3) They taste really good.  I have used this recipe for so many different occasions.  The photo above is from Christmas, but I have used it for Halloween, Valentine’s Day and just because it is a Wednesday.  This recipe can easily be halved.  I usually make the whole thing and freeze half.

2 cups softened unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon butter extract (optional)
7 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Cream together the butter and sugar until it is really light and fluffy.  Add the eggs and the vanilla and butter extracts.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until well.

Lick the beater.

Lick it again for good measure.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

Roll the dough out and cut using your favorite cookie cutter.

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.  Do not brown the edges.


These are great.  Make a bunch.  Share them and this recipe with all of your friends.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups softened unsalted butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon butter extract (optional)
  • 7 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until it is really light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla and butter extracts. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Roll the dough out and cut using your favorite cookie cutter.
  4. Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Do not brown the edges.
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74 Responses to Sugar Cookies

  1. Maria says:

    The cookies look perfect and what cute photos!

  2. leah says:

    two quick questions: 1) what temp did you bake them at? 2) parchment paper on cookie sheet? Thanks!

  3. [...] seeing another blog post but I cannot find the original link.  How cute are they?  I used my Sugar Cookie recipe and a royal icing [...]

  4. Sarah says:

    Hey! Great looking cookies! I was wondering though, how many cookies does this make approximately? It looks like a huge amount!

    • bakedbree says:

      It is hard to say because it depends on the size of your cutter, but usually it fills 4 cooling racks full of cookies. I would say about 6 dozen normal size cookies?

  5. [...] Probably have a lot more money that is for sure.)  This is the perfect job for that.  I used a basic sugar cookie dough, my favorite one, but you could easily use a pre-made dough.  I promise, I will not tell.  I let [...]

  6. Becky says:

    What temperature do you bake these at? Thanks!

  7. [...] made the cookie dough one afternoon while the kids were napping.  I let the dough chill and baked off the cookies that [...]

  8. [...] beautiful cookies was to practice and practice some more. I whipped up a batch of my favorite sugar cookie dough and decided to make watermelon cookies.  Totally random.  I do not have a watermelon cookie [...]

  9. [...] Sugar Cookies (adapted from here) [...]

  10. [...] for the cookies from bakedbree – I just added a half tsp of cinnamon powder. Royal icing can be made by whisking about 2 [...]

  11. [...] Grubbin’ Party Menu Ideas & Recipes Used} Sugar Cookies from bakedbree.com – I love this site! The watermelon cookies were inspired by Bree :) We used an icing recipe [...]

  12. kmbkirk@yahoo.com says:

    PERFECT!!! Please publish your frosting recipie – and how much dye and when to add sprinkles and are the cookies completely cool or slightly warm and Thank YOU!

  13. Kelly says:

    Can you share your icing recipe for these as well? Thanks a bunch.

  14. Suzanne says:

    I am always looking for new recipes for sugar cookies. Can you tell me if these are soft?

  15. [...] baked sugar cookies [...]

  16. [...] first being to find a good royal icing recipe.  This is the one that I use.  You also need a good sugar cookie recipe [...]

  17. [...] varied from my usual sugar cookie recipe and I must say that these were incredibly delicious and did not have to be chilled before [...]

  18. [...] a frosted sugar cookie pretty much more than any other kind of cookie out there.  I usually use my sugar cookie recipe, but decided to branch out a bit and try something new.  I am so glad that I did.  This recipe [...]

  19. [...] and foremost, you need a good royal icing recipe and a good sugar cookie recipe.  When you first make your icing, you are going to keep some very thick and you are going to use [...]

  20. Valerie says:

    I really like to make these, but I only have Vanilla essence. Can I use that instead of vanilla extract, and how much?

  21. Joanne says:

    I had to come back to make sure the recipe I have in my recipe book is the “prince”. I like that the edges stay white/ or the color of the dye when you bake them!

  22. [...] already at week 12 of the 12th week of Christmas?  It flew by.  This weekend, gingerbread houses, sugar cookies, and some serious [...]

  23. [...] first being to find a good royal icing recipe. This is the one that I use.  You also need a good sugar cookie recipe [...]

  24. Karin says:

    what happens if i don’t chill the dough? i know it’s a big to-do in the preparation, ’cause i heard some don’t need it, is it really not needed?

  25. athena says:

    Would this recipe also work for slice and bake?

  26. [...] a frosted sugar cookie pretty much more than any other kind of cookie out there.  I usually use my sugar cookie recipe, but decided to branch out a bit and try something new.  I am so glad that I did.  This recipe [...]

  27. [...] Sugar Cookies – these are ubiquitous year round cookies, but if decorated properly, they are Christmas hits with [...]

  28. Jessica says:

    Can I use reg butter and cut down on the salt or can I use crisco?

  29. Melissa says:

    Hey! :) Looks like a great recipe. But are they still kind of sweet without frosting? My SO doesnt like frosting so yeah~

  30. [...] You can find the recipe I used here. [...]

  31. Helen says:

    How much butter is 2 cups (in grams)?

  32. [...] for the Christmas Party I decided to try my hand at making Sugar Cookies (I used the recipe found here). Now let me just tell you straight up what a pain in the ass these were to make. The dough would [...]

  33. Krystal says:

    I tried these, added everything but too dry and crumbly :( not sure what happened

  34. Lina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, I made some Xmas cookies with my 3yr old daughter and it was a hit! Super easy and so good! I just wish we didn’t have to wait 3hrs ( it’s a lifetime to a eager 3yr old baker)! This is now our go to cookie recipe for all occasions! :) happy holidays & god bless!

  35. Angie says:

    Threw away most of the dough awful to roll out when refrigerated…the taste of the cookie is not that good..maybe when I add icing they will be better..

  36. Margaret says:

    Made these cookies last evening and this will be my go to recipe. The dough is not at all fragile and very easy to move from cutting surface to cookie sheet. Love them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  37. Christina says:

    These are PERFECT. Perfect, perfect, perfect. I cannot stress that enough. They were a little tough to roll out, but not terrible. They taste amazing and they hold their shape incredibly. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you! This is my all time favorite recipe for sugar cookies. Did you let the dough sit for a bit before you tried rolling it out? That might make it easier to roll.

  38. [...] and yucky out, so we grabbed a cookie mix and some sprinkles and got busy. As much as I love my sugar cookie recipe, it takes a long time to chill and it requires some pre-planning. I keep a few pouches of cookie [...]

  39. Samantha says:

    I made two batches of this today, and I am so sad about how it is turning out. The first batch I added all 7 cups of flour right away, and it could not be more dry. It is just little crumble balls. I still squished it together the best I could and refrigerated it. I took it out to roll it, and it’s been sitting out for over an hour and still HARD as a rock! I finally got it to roll a little – and it just crumbled to nothing.

    The second batch I only added 6 cups of flour and the texture of the dough was much better. I just took that batch out of the fridge since I threw the other away, so I guess we’ll see how it is to roll in a couple hours.

    I’ve never had a recipe from you go this poorly! And from previous comments, some people don’t have issues with it so I’m wondering what the issue is! Hope the cookies make up for the frustrating day of baking them! :)

    • bakedbree says:

      That doesn’t sound right. I have made these cookies hundreds of times, and I have never had this happen to me. I am so sorry, I know how frustrating that can be!

      • Samantha says:

        The cookies DEFINITELY redeemed themselves! Oh my goodness are they AMAZING. Honestly the PERFECT sugar cookie. Hold their shape perfectly, but stay softish… And the taste is so good.

        I’m making another batch today :)

        And for me, I guess the key is only 6 cups of flour!

  40. Gena says:

    I made these cookies for Valentines Day, and they were fantastic! I didn’t have butter, so I used margarine instead, and they turned out beautifully. I added a little extra flour to the dough ( about a 1/2 cup) and used a little flour to roll them out so they wouldn’t stick, and that seemed to help them keep their shape better during baking. I rolled the cookies out about a 1/4″ thick, baked them 8 minutes on an insulated cookie sheet and ended up with 5 dozen cookies. I will never use another sugar cookie recipe again!

  41. Alex says:

    Just made these today, and they turned out great! The texture was perfect for making cut-outs. I rolled the dough out to 1/4″ thick and they cooked for exactly 8 minutes. I am excited to serve them at Easter, and am sure my family will love them! Thanks for the recipe!

  42. Rannie says:

    Hey, Bree! Question: What is the size of the eggs? Small, Medium or Large? I hope you reply..

  43. […] don’t know about you, but I try to balance my sugar cookies with some healthier fare this time of year. I have already made 4 chocolate rolls, countless […]

  44. Tia says:

    are these soft and chewy or hard? im looking for soft cookies.

  45. jennifer says:

    I made these for my daughters birthday. I made number 1’s they were awesome , perfect not a single problem. And they were the best tasting ones I’ve had. Thank you for the recipe ps. They held up wonderfully during the decorating process.

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