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Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe

4.57 from 169 votes
My Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe is a holiday staple that can be baked into any festive shape you like!
Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe - The ONLY cookie recipe you will need for the Holidays!!

Hi Bold Bakers!

When the holidays roll around, there are certain recipes you need in your back pocket. You know, those recipes you can whip up in a flash and that are fan favorites. My Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe is exactly that. Cookies are so much fun to bake around the holidays because they are great for little hands to make and decorate, and you can even give them out as holiday gifts.

Whether you’re decorating cookies for Santa, or just to have with a cup of hot chocolate, these cookies are always my go-to. I break out my holiday cookie cutters and go to town making festive shapes. Then I store them away in an airtight container and I have them to hand when guests drop by.

How To Make My Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe

Holiday baking is the kind of baking that gets the whole family involved. So, it’s time to get the kids in the kitchen too, as it’s just a handful of simple ingredients combined in the food processor. After making the dough from my Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe, what you’re left with is a play-dough-like cookie dough perfect for rolling out and cutting into fun shapes.

I love classic holiday shapes, but you can use any you like! What makes these my Best Ever Sugar Cookies is that they are truly foolproof to make and decorate. The sugar cookie dough consistently comes out perfect every time and is always so easy to use, never too soft or too hard to work with like the store bought stuff can be.

[ If you want to decorate these cookies to the nines, you need my recipe for royal icing! ]

Do You Have To Make Sugar Cookies In The Food Processor?

If you don’t have a food processor, you can absolutely make these by hand in a large bowl. The reason I use a food processor is because it allows me to bring together the dough in minutes flat.

The most important part, whether you’re using a food processor or making the cookies by hand, is making sure that the butter is properly rubbed into the dry ingredients. By doing this and creating the texture of bread crumbs, you ensure the dough has lots of pockets of butter throughout — which makes for a rich and tender cookie.

Can you substitute the sugar for another sweetener?

If you would like to make my Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe sans the sugar, then you are in luck. The sugar in this recipe can be swapped 1:1 for either Swerve sugar alternative or Lakanto granulated sugar. You can also use a 50/50 sugar and Stevia blend. I really like the results I get with regular granulated sugar, but these alternatives to yield a very similar texture and flavor, which is great for those who are wanting to bake with less sugar.

How To Decorate Sugar Cookies

After cutting the cookies into adorable shapes and baking them, you do not have to decorate them. However, if you want to add to the cookies, I suggest accenting the shape of the cookies with my royal icing. In addition to the royal icing you can add sprinkles and little metallic nonpareils.

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Do You Prefer Chewy Or Soft Over Crunchy?

My Best Ever Sugar Cookies recipe results in cookies with a slight crunch! If you’d rather have more of a chew, I have you covered: try my Perfect Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe. If you rather your sugar cookies soft, give my Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe a go!

Also, have you seen my Holiday Baking Headquarters page? You’ll find every recipe you could possibly need for the holidays including Christmas Cookies, edible gifts, and my best holiday baking tips!

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Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe

4.57 from 169 votes
My Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe is a holiday staple that can be baked into any festive shape you like!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30 -40 cookies
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 38 mins
My Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe is a holiday staple that can be baked into any festive shape you like!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 30 -40 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups (6oz/170g) butter, cubes and cold
  • 1 cups (8oz/225g) sugar
  • 2 eggs*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (12oz/340g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • In a food processor add in the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir a little with a spatula
  • Add in the cold butter and blitz for seconds JUST until the mix looks like big bread crumbs
  • Whisk together the eggs and vanilla extract. Pour into the food processor and pulse for a few seconds until the dough comes together. Take care not to over mix. If your mix seems dry you can add a tiny bit more egg or milk.  (This dough can also be made by hand by rubbing in the butter into the flour)
  • Chill the dough for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Preferably chill overnight. Also it can be frozen at this stage for up to 8 weeks. 
  • Once chilled, roll out some of the dough on a well floured surface to about 1/4-1/8 inch thick. 
  • Cut out your desired shapes and transfer them to a baking tray lined with parchment. (this is a soft dough so work fast).
  • Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 18-20 minutes or until a light golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • Decorate with royal icing if you wish and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Recipe Notes

*Eggs: To replace eggs in this recipe the best substitute would be condensed milk. Reference my Egg Substitute Chart for the amounts. 

 

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Angelique
Angelique
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, can I use cake flour instead of all purpose flour ?

Eliane
11 months ago

Truly Best ever sugar cookies recipe Gemma, thank you so much for sharing it

Heidy Heidy
Heidy Heidy
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
I made this recipe, this cookies taste really delicious… but it was a bit hard to work with. Its really sticky even after came out of fridge. So i can’t shape it well. Should i skip the eggs ? Thanks

Rebekah Murphy
Rebekah Murphy
11 months ago

Gemma, first off I want to say how much I appreciate you! You have absolutely made my baking abilities go to the next level! I’m so thankful for you! Also, congratulations on your pregnancy! You will be an amazing mother! I do have a question in regards to the dough. I’ve used two different recipes now for these cookies, one being yours, and another being a recipe that called for melted better instead of cold. The melted butter recipe made the dough much harder to work with, but I had better luck with your recipe. However, my dough was still… Read more »

Vinutha Rao
1 year ago

Thank you Gemma!!

Yvonne O'brien
Yvonne O'brien
7 days ago

Hi, do you use unsalted or salted butter. Also is it caster or granulated sugar??
Thanks Yvonne

AnnmarieHoole
10 days ago

If I make this by hand what do you mean by rubbing the butter

Alethea Fernandes
Alethea Fernandes
21 days ago

Hello! Miss Gemma😊, first of all I really love your recipes and the result is awesome as well!❤️ I had a query, whether this sugar cookies recipe, can be followed to make cookies in a microwave convection oven as well?

Dorene
Dorene
2 months ago

Hi.. first of all your recipe taste AMAZING!!
I want to make chocolate flavour, what should i do if i want the texture same like this recipe? I like CRUNCHY..

2 months ago

How long can this dough freeze?

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