Baked sugar cookies on a perforated silicone baking mat

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Wondering how to make sugar cookies? Need an easy, delicious, no-spread recipe? This is my step by step guide and the recipe I use to make sugar cookies. This recipe is fairly easy and quick, and I included some tips and tricks I use, and storage instructions on how to store your sugar cookies. I have the instructions below and in a print out for you :) Enjoy!


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Sugar Cookie Recipe


Recipe makes about 2 dozen depending on size of cookies.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted cold butter cubed
  • 1 cold egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour



I use a KitchenAid with a paddle attachment.

  • Mix together the sugar and butter until creamed
  • Mix in the egg and vanilla
  • Add the flour, salt, and baking powder all together, then mix.
  • Roll out dough in between two sheets of parchment paper and refrigerate for 2 hours. I roll out my cookies to 6mm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut sugar cookies into desired shapes and place onto a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. (If the cookies are large I like to poke holes in the center of the cookie with a fork to help the cookie cook thoroughly. Not doing this can cause your large cookies to be underbaked in the middle. Icing can cover up the fork holes).
  • Place the whole baking sheet (with mat/paper and shaped dough) into the refrigerator for 10 minutes. This will hep prevent the cookies from spreading.
  • Remove cookies from refrigerator and place directly into the oven. Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes. Take them out when they are slightly golden and not shiny.
  • Let cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.
  • Wait until cookies are cool before decorating with icing.


Storage Instructions:

  • For best results, fresh dough should go from being chilled in the refrigerator straight into the oven.
  • Refrigerating dough for long periods or freezing dough can change the taste of your dough and is not recommended.
  • After baking, undecorated cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Adding marshmallows to your storage container with the cookies will help keep the cookies soft.
  • Once decorated and icing has dried, cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks at room temp or 4-8 weeks in the freezer. If the cookies are in heat sealed bags they can be stored at room temp for 2-4 weeks or in the freezer for 2-4 month


Recipe to print out. Download the file HERE.


Baked cookies on a perforated silicone baking mat.


Stored at roomp temp in an air tight container with mini marshmallows.


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