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Sugar Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword sugar cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
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.