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The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Is there anything better than a classic sugar cookie? This versatile cookie recipe is perfect for holidays, birthday parties or anytime! Invite your kids into the kitchen to help with this easy, no-fail sweet treat.

Easy sugar cookie recipe


  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sugar cookie ingredients butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla


  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  2. Mix butter and sugar in a stand mixer on high speed until creamed and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla to butter and sugar and mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add in flour mixture on low speed.
  5. Gather dough into a ball, wrap with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Tip: dough can be made the day before and kept refrigerated overnight until ready to bake.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a smooth counter or pastry mat and roll the dough out to about 1/2 cm thick. Tip: work with half of the dough at a time to keep dough cool and easy to roll.
  7. Use your favourite cookie cutters to make shapes and place on a baking sheet. Tip: Use a silicone baking mat and an insulated baking sheet for best results.
  8. Refrigerate dough shapes on baking sheets for 30 minutes and then bake for 6 minutes. Tip: cookies will not look browned, but they will be perfectly soft once cooled. 
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  10. Ice cookies with your favourite buttercream.

 Baked easy sugar cookies


Adapted from Sesame Street Cookie Monster Cookie Dough Recipe, originally published in 1971.

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