Stacks of Basic Sugar Cookies

Basic Sugar Cookies

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 48 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Basic Sugar Cookie recipe is classic, and it’s my favorite go-to dessert recipe. These easy, soft sugar cookies go amazingly with Nutella, frosting, and pretty much everything else!


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour and baking powder, set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until it become light and fluffy, than add egg and vanilla and continue mixing about 1-2 minute.
  3. Flour mixture add slowly, about a cup at a time and mix until dough forms and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Gather up dough and knead it with hands a few times.
  5. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.If it’s too hard when you take it out the fridge, just leave it out on the counter a little bit to softens up.
  6. Preheat the oven at 350 F and line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Take out about half of the dough, and the rest leave in the fridge until it’s ready to use.
  8. Between two parchment paper, roll out the dough about 1/3 of an inch thick.
  9. With cookie cuter cut out cookies, transfer them on a cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for about 3 minutes before you place them in the oven( that helps the cookies to keep their shape while baking).
  10. Baking times really depend on size of a cookie. The cookies size about 2-2 1/2 inches need about 8 minutes.
  11. After take them out from the oven let them sit on the warm pan for a couple of minutes to firm up.
  12. Repeat the process with the rest of the cookie dough.
  13. Number of cookies really varies, depending on the size of cookie cuter and thickness of the dough !!! (about 30 2 1/2 inch cookies)