The Very Best Sugar Cookies Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

This simple Sugar Cookie recipe will follow you all year long. Perfect cookies that won't spread when you bake them!

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes and chilled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for rolling out dough
  1. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt until combined. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add the egg. Beat to combine.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla continuing to beat until well combined.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and beat until the dough begins to pull away from the sides.
  6. For slice and bake cookies:
  7. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a log approximately 2 inches in diameter. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Dough can also be frozen at this point for up to 2 months.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  9. When ready to bake, slice the dough into rounds approximately 1/4 inch wide.
  10. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set.
  11. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
  12. For cutout cookies:
  13. Divide the dough into two equal disks and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  14. Chill the dough for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Dough can be frozen at this point for up to 2 months.
  15. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  16. Sprinkle powdered sugar on a clean dry surface and roll out one dough disk to 1/4 inch thick.
  17. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and arrange approximately 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  18. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling wrap to cool completely before decorating.
  19. Repeat with remaining dough.
Recipe Notes

Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Sugar Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.