simply sweet sugar cookies recipe

  • Author: Tiffany Dahle
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies using a medium-sized cutter 1x


These sugar cookies are the perfect blank canvas for your creative designs. You can decorate them to match any season or celebration during the year. Try them with a simple cookie glaze or spread your favorite frosting over them and top with sprinkles for a special treat your family will love.



  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Set out two cookie pans and line them with parchment paper; set aside.

In your large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Crack the egg into a small bowl to check for shells. Add the egg and extracts to the butter mixture and beat to combine.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk them together. Add the flour mixture to the butter and beat on medium-low speed until the dough comes together.

If the dough is too thick for your mixer to work, scrape everything off the beaters onto a floured work surface. Rub some flour on your clean hands and knead the dough into one solid portion. Pat the dough into a flat disk and sprinkle it with flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough so that it is evenly 1/4 inch thick.

Dip your cookie cutters in flour and cut out your shapes. Knead the remaining dough scraps back into a disk and repeat the rolling and cutting until you’ve made as many cookies as you can. Place the cookies on the prepared pans with a little bit of space between them so you don’t overcrowd your pan. 

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. The cookies should not brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let. the cookies cool on the pans for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once cool, frost with cookie glaze or frosing.


The yield will change depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use. 

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: cookies, sugar cookies, cut-out cookies, butter cookies, shape cookies, dessert, baking with kids, holiday recipes