These soft easy sugar cookies are full of buttery goodness that melts in your mouth with every bite! A classic sugar cookie recipe that is pillowy, soft and taste like you just brought them home from the bakery!
There is something about a warm, fresh-baked cookie full of butter, vanilla, and sugar that makes you smile.
Cookies are one of those things that can instantly put you in a better mood. I mean really, who doesn't like a cookie? I always get a big smile when I make our cast-iron skillet chocolate chip cookie.
Whether these baked goods are slice and bake, rolled, or cut-outs like my Nana's Sand Tarts, I like to experiment with different flavors and toppings.
Having a good basic cookie recipe is important and this one makes the BEST chewy sugar cookies!
Ingredients Needed for classic Sugar Cookie recipe
Here's what you'll need:
Butter– using salted or unsalted butter is completely up to you. I prefer salted butter to offset the sweetness.
Sugar (granulated sugar)
You can scroll down to see the recipe card but I hope you'll read through for more tips for making the best cookies every time!
How to make classic sugar cookie recipe
This will produce the perfect sugar cookie every time!
- Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
- Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl and whisk together so they are combined completely.
- Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until combined.
- Chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet with my favorite parchment paper.
- Remove chilled cookie dough from the refrigerator and break into tablespoon pieces.
- Roll dough in hands to make balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Place sugar cookie balls on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 11 minutes,(This cute timer will make it fun!) or until edges turn golden brown.
- Remove cookies from the pan with a spatula and place on a large dinner plate or tray.
- Cool completely.
Tips for baking the best cookies
If you want a few of my baking tips for making perfect cookies, here are my must-do tips:
Cool cookies on a dinner plate: If you like your cookies soft and chewy, then follow this baking hint: cool your cookies on a plate instead of a cooling rack to keep them soft! It works every single time no matter what type of cookie you are making.
Bake with parchment paper: For most cookies, line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. No more burnt cookies stuck to your pan.
Rotate your baking pan. Every oven is different and to ensure a nice even bake, turn your pan around halfway through baking. This will ensure both sides of the cookie tray get proper baking temperatures.
Having a classic cookie recipe gives a great base for putting in special additions like
- Candy: M&M's are a favorite, but you could also chop up your favorite candy bar and sprinkle on top or mix in batter.
- Sprinkles: speaking of sprinkles, add a shake or two of colored sprinkles just before baking!
- Frosting: Adding your favorite frosting or icing to sugar cookies makes them a bit fancier!
- Nuts & Dried fruit: stir in some pecans or dried cranberries! Yum!
- Chocolate: add a chocolate kiss to the center just as your cookies come out of the oven, or drizzle with melted chocolate with a decorating bag.
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- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar, plus 2-3 Tablespoons for rolling
- 1 tsp vanilla (we used homemade bourbon vanilla)
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
- In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together; flour, baking soda, & cream of tartar. Add this mixture slowly into butter mixture. Combine thoroughly.
- Chill dough in refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Take chilled dough and break into tablespoon pieces. Roll in hands to make balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 11 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
- Remove and let sit on pan for 1 minute before placing cookie on a dinner plate to cool completely.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
Original post: 7/11/16
Updated post: 7/9/20