The Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe

This foolproof sugar cookie recipe yields soft, buttery cookies that hold their shape perfectly without spreading or requiring dough chilling.


– 1 cup unsalted butter – 1 cup granulated sugar – 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract – 1 large egg at room temperature – 3 ½ cups all purpose flour – 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder – ½ teaspoon salt

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C, or 160°C fan oven. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or silicone mat and set aside.

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar until smooth, light in color and creamy (2-3 minutes).

Add vanilla and egg and mix again until the egg is incorporated but don’t over whip.

Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix again until just combined. Scrape the sides with a spatula so no dry flour is left. The cookie should pull away from the sides of the bowl

Divide the dough into 4 portions, and roll out each using a rolling pin into ¼ inch thickness.

Cut out using a cookie cutter and with the help of a offset spatula transfer to the cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-9 minutes rotating at 6 minutes for even browning (one sheet at a time). Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before icing the cookies.

This is a no-fail recipe that makes perfect sugar cookies every single time. Swipe up for the full recipe!