Sugar Cookie Recipe

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 28, 2009
Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • ¾ cups Butter
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Cream Of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine room temperature (not melted) butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, and salt. This is an important step; you want to avoid lumps in your dough.

  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet batter until fully incorporated.
  5. Drop dough onto a large piece of saran wrap, mold it into a 4×4 square, and refrigerate for at least one hour. I often let mine sit overnight.

  6. When ready to bake the cookies, generously flour a flat surface and roll out the dough. You can use as much flour as you need! I prefer to make cookies about 1/4? to 1/2? thick, but you can go thicker and still have successful results.

  7. For best results, bake on silpat or parchment paper. You can reuse parchment, too!
  8. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes. In my oven, right about 6 minutes yields a perfectly cooked cookie, with no brown edges.

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  • Ragina says:

    Hi Amanda
    I’m going to make your sugar cookie recipe for my grandaughters 1st birthday in July………..I made them for the baby shower last year and they were a hit, do you have any suggestions for a decoration to do, an easy one please! I wish I could do George the monkey!

  • Barb says:

    love your blog, just discovered it from Pioneer lady. Love family friendly sites. Another great site i have found that is a great family one is:
    also do you have a print button. I would like to print this sugar cookie recipe.

  • Erin says:

    Hi Amanda
    Just wondering, how long will cooked cookies last for in an airtight container?
    I’ve just made a batch of dough and don’t know if I should cook it now or later this week.

  • anickh says:

    which sugar cookie recipe do you like better? this one or “amandas amazing sugar cookies” and if u like the other one best, then what is this one for? do u have pictures of cookies made by this recipe?

  • cherylene says:

    Erin, I’ve made my cookies then freezed them, just pull out the made ones anytime you want to frost a batch. You can also frost and freeze, I have had no problems with it at all.

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