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Thin Crispy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Thin crispy sugar cookies are just perfect for making cutout cookies for holidays or special occasions. Paper-thin sugar cookies are an Amish favorite and delicious treat to add to any dessert tray.

Crispy Sugar Cookies

Paper Thin Sugar Cookies

These paper thin crispy sugar cookies are perfect for making cut out cookies.

I love making my Nana's Sand Tarts cookies during the holidays and this recipe is perfect for making fun treats for birthdays or special occasions year-round like heart-shaped cookies.

A little bit of buttery cookie dough goes a long way!

Tools to make crispy sugar cookies

These are some of my favorite baking tools to have on hand to make it easier when making these cookies.

  • A good set of cookie-cutter shapes– I personally like to use Anne Clark metal cookie cutters. They are a family run a small business in Vermont and have every shape cutter you can think of, and then some! You can also use sturdy Wilton cutters too, like this heart-shaped one.
  • A good rolling pin– I prefer a solid pin vs a french pin for this. A French rolling pin is tapered at the ends making it a bit more difficult to get the dough super thin.
  • Parchment Paper a parchment-lined baking sheet is my favorite method of baking. Even baking and easy cleanup.
  • Pastry Brush– For thin crispy sugar cookies, you will need to brush an egg wash on top. This is what helps to make them crunchy!
thin crispy sugar cookie hearts

How to make thin crisp sugar cookies


  • Mix sugar and softened butter in a large bowl until creamy.
  • Add your eggs & flour and mix to incorporate completely.
  • Wrap dough ball in saran wrap and chill for 1 hour (makes it easier to roll).

The secret to these crispy sugar cookies is to roll them very thin

Cutting cookie dough with heart shaped cutter

Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees.

To Bake, remove chilled dough from refrigerator and work with soft ball sized dough pieces.

Flour work space or counter with a generous dusting of flour and roll dough to a thin 1/4-inch slab.

Crispy sugar cookie cut out hearts

Cut with favorite heart shaped cookie cutter.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Brush lightly with egg wash and decorate with colored sugar sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Hearts covered with sprinkles

Bake in your preheated oven for 6-8 minutes. You will need to work in batches.

Cool crisp cookies on cooling rack & then store in an airtight container.

How to get crispy cookies

The secret to crispy sugar cookies is to roll your cookie dough as thin as possible. I'm talking paper thin- like you can see the counter through the dough- and still be able to pick up and transfer to the baking sheet.

How do you keep sugar cookies crispy?

You can store cookies in an airtight container and keep them on your counter for up to a week. Be sure cookies are cooled completely before placing them in the container.

The old fashioned way to keep cookies crispy is to place them in a brown paper bag!

I love these crispy cookies and they are perfect for any special occasion!

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Thin & Crispy sugar cookies
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Thin Crispy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Crispy Sugar Cookies

Thin crispy sugar cookies are just perfect for making cutout cookie shapes. Paper-thin sugar cookies are an Amish favorite and are a delicious way to enjoy a sweet dessert.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 3 3/4 cups confectioner sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 lb. butter, softened
  • 1 egg for egg wash


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl until creamy.
  3. Add eggs & flour to butter mixture until soft dough ball forms.
  4. Wrap dough in saran wrap and chill for 1 hour (makes it easier to roll).
  5. Remove dough from fridge and place on a floured surface.
  6. Roll out a softball-size piece of dough with a rolling pin until very thin- 1/4-inch.
  7. Cut with favorite cookie cutter shape.
  8. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  9. Brush tops of cookies lightly with egg wash and decorate with colored sugar sprinkles.
  10. Bake 6-8 minutes. 
  11. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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Tuesday 12th of December 2023

Salted or unsalted butter?

Kelly Pugliano

Sunday 17th of December 2023

Either works for this recipe.


Tuesday 12th of December 2023

How do you get cookie off counter

Kelly Pugliano

Sunday 17th of December 2023

You have to make sure the work surface is well floured. It may take a couple of tries!


Saturday 9th of December 2023

You mentioned at the beginning of your recipe that you use parchment paper for even baking, but in your instructions you say to use an ungreased baking sheet. Did you put parchment paper on the ungreased baking sheets? Thanks, Sandy

Kelly Pugliano

Monday 11th of December 2023

Hi Sandy, Yes, I use parchment paper for all of my baking. I have updated the recipe card to reflect using parchment paper.

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