There’s just something about those classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe from scratch just like grandma used to make. This simple recipe made with butter, sugar, flour, and vanilla is perfect for decorating for the holidays!
Today I’m sharing my Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe. I love sugar cookies because you just can’t go wrong, they’re just so buttery and sweet and when you ice them, well my oh my!
They’re perfect for decorating for the holidays or making fruit pizza with this summer to share with the whole family.
This classic sugar cookie recipe is one of my favorites, other than no bakes, they’re what we made the most when I was growing up!
They were perfect for decorating during the holidays or scarfing down as soon as they were out of the oven!
The only bad part about them is that you have to wait a couple of hours or so for the dough to chill for easy cookie cutting… lame, I know!
But these are so worth the wait!
Made with minimal ingredients that you probably already have in your house they’re just the thing to curb that sweet craving!
The dough can be used as soon as it’s mixed to make drop sugar cookies. Just use a cookie scoop to drop them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. You’ll be left with buttery, pillowy, chewy sugar cookies!
But once you chill this dough, it’s great for cookie cutter cookies that don’t rise too much and are still soft in the center. They can easily be decorated for any holiday and frosting helps to add any sweetness this old-fashioned recipe might lack.
What You’ll Need:
Cookie Cutters: Use fun, holiday-themed cookie cutters to make fun shapes for frosting!
Piping Tools: If you’re going to get real crazy with the decorating this year, make sure to be prepared with this piping kit.
Santa Set: Making these cookies for Santa? Get this cute plate and milk jug to serve them on!
What Is A Sugar Cookie?
- Generally, sugar cookies are a mix of butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs, baking powder, and salt.
- Sometimes you chill the dough and sometimes you don’t.
- Sugar cookies are usually baked between 350 and 375 degrees F.
- Sugar cookies can be enjoyed plain or frosted after cooling.
How To Make Sugar Cookies
- To make this Sugar Cookie Recipe, begin by creaming together butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy in a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Next, you’ll add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- Then, in a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, lightly mixing between each addition until flour is completely incorporated.
- Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- After your dough is done chilling, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Finally, roll dough out to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured board, flour or spray cookie cutters with cooking spray before cutting.
- Cut out the cookies into desired shapes and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool completely before icing.
How To Keep Sugar Cookies Soft
A trick my Mumma and Grammie taught me was to put a piece of bread in the bag or container that had the unfrosted cookies, this meant that you could make them a couple days in advance and they’d still be just as soft as if you’d just pulled them out of the oven.
More Delicious Cookie Recipes
- Vanilla Chai Shortbread Cookies
- Butterbeer Pudding Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks
- Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, lightly mixing between each addition until flour in completely incorporated.
- Roll into a ball, divide in half, then shape each half into a disc and wrap them in cling wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Roll dough out to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured board.
- Flour or spray cutter with cooking spray.
- Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool completely before icing.