Sugar Cookies

24 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Sugar Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie and so fun to decorate! They bake quickly and you can make them soft or crunchy according to your preference.

The holidays are always the perfect time to make your favorite Cookie Recipes. Add these classic Sugar Cookies to your list along with Ginger Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, and Brown Sugar Cookies.

stack of sugar cookies


With all the Holiday Recipes we have on the blog, we somehow hadn’t published plain Sugar Cookies yet. Although there’s a recipe for Rolled Sugar Cookies and Sugar Cookie Frosting, there hasn’t been a traditional Sugar Cookie. Well, that all changes now.

Sugar Cookie steps for making dough

This is the perfect recipe for delicious, chewy, buttery Sugar Cookies. They’re perfect to bake for the holidays and enjoy a fun night of decorating them with the whole family. These cookies come together quickly with simple ingredients and are sure to become your go-to Sugar Cookie recipe every Christmas. 

They’re great to have around the house, serve at holiday parties, and give as gifts. To make sure you have enough Sugar Cookies for the entire season try making a double batch. You can put some out right away and freeze the rest to enjoy later in the month. 

Sugar Cookies before and after baking


When it comes to making Sugar Cookies, decorating them is probably the best part. Slathering on the frosting, and sprinkles is a great way you can involve younger kids in holiday baking. They can add as many different colors, shapes, and sparkles as you want! Here are some of our favorite ways to finish off Sugar Cookies.

  • Frosting: For the frosting, you can use Sugar Cookie Frosting or Buttercream Frosting. Once you’ve made it divide the frosting into smaller containers and add different food coloring to them. You can also try making some Chocolate Frosting or Easy Mint Frosting to change things up. 
  • Sprinkles: Get as many different kinds of sprinkles, sanding sugar, and edible glitter as you can find to choose from. 
  • More toppings: For some more creative toppings try crushed peppermints, red hots, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, or toffee bits. You could also drizzle some melted chocolate over the top. 



  • Make sure the butter is softened before starting the recipe. This will make sure it can properly cream with the sugar for a fluffy mixture that combines well with the rest of the ingredients going forward. 
  • Continue mixing the sugar and butter on medium speed until it reaches the desired fluffy consistency. This should only take about 2 minutes. 
  • When you add in the dry ingredient don’t over-mix the dough. Just keep the stand mixer on until the dough is just combined. 
  • Put the dough balls at least 2 inches apart on the cookie tray so that they have room to spread while baking. 
  • You can decide if you prefer your sugar cookies more chewy or crunchy.
    • For chewy Sugar Cookies only bake them for 8 minutes.
    • For more crunchy cookies up that to 10 minutes. If you take them out at 8 minutes they’ll look underdone. Still take them out, and let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes to keep them soft and chewy. They’ll finish up a little more while sitting and be baked to perfection. 

tray of cooked sugar cookies



  • Spices: For some delicious seasonal flavor additions try mixing in cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  • Gluten-free: To make gluten-free Sugar Cookies, you can replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour, oat flour, or arrowroot flour.
  • Mix-ins: For some tasty additions try mixing in nuts, like pecans, pistachios, almonds, or walnuts. You could also fold in dried fruit like cherries or cranberries.

Sugar Cookies on cutting board



  • Serve: You can keep Sugar Cookies at room temperature for 3-4 days. Let the cookies cool to room temperature, then put them in an airtight container to store in the pantry. 
  • Store: To store the cookies longer put them in a ziplock bag or other airtight container to store in the fridge. They’ll keep well for 5-7 days. 
  • Freeze: You can also freeze Sugar Cookies for up to 6 months, which is the perfect way to get your holiday baking done in advance. 

stack of sugar cookies with a bite taken out

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie and so fun to decorate! They bake quickly and you can make them soft or crunchy according to your preference.
Yield 24 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture on the lowest speed setting until just combined.
  • Add a heaping teaspoon of rolled cookie dough per cookie to the sheet, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 minutes for soft cookies or 10 minutes for crunchy cookies.
  • Let cool 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet.



Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies collage

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sugar cookie dough on baking sheet

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I was searching fir a quick cookie recipe and saw these. Took very few ingredients ans little time to make. very good flavor. Will keep some in the freezer when craving fir something sweet. Good recipe.