Sugar Cookie Recipe

These New Years Eve Countdown Cookies are the PERFECT way to bring in the new year!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookie recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Amanda Rettke


  • ¾ cups Butter
  • 1 c White Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 -½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 -½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoons Cream Of Tartar
  • 1 tsp. 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.