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Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe | Chef Dennis


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When you’re looking for a classic sugar cookie recipe, my easy-to-make sugar cookies will not disappoint. My recipe uses simple pantry ingredients and is the perfect cookie for any time of the year.

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This is definitely the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever used. It’s been time-tested for decades and never fails me.

If you’re feeling fancy you can use cookie cutters to make fun shapes and even decorate them with colorful royal icing. But for my money, the best sugar cookie is plain, warm out of the oven.

Classic Sugar Cookie Ingredients

ingredients to make cookie recipe

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make the perfect Sugar Cookie. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

How to make my Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
collage of steps to make the cookie dough
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt to a medium mixing bowl.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until well blended. Set the flour mixture to the side until needed.
  • Place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer with beater blades and a large mixing bowl)
  • Cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes)
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, to the butter mixture.
  • Mix on low speed, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.
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  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  • Mix together on low speed. . Mix just long enough to incorporate the flour into the butter mixture.
  • Add one-half cup of sugar to a small bowl, to roll the cookies in.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough out and roll them into 1-inch balls. *the dough is soft and delicate, so it’s important not to overhandle the dough.
collage showing how to prepare the dough for baking
  • Gently roll the dough ball in the sugar, shaking off the excess. Place the sugared dough balls on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  • Use a drinking glass to flatten the dough ball, by placing the bottom of the glass on top of the dough ball and gently flatten the dough to about ½ inch thick
baked cookies on a sheet pan
  • Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 9-11 minutes. The outside edges of the cookies will be turning golden brown,m and the centers will seem just barely set.
  • Place the baking sheets on a wire rack to cool completely.

*These cookies will last up to two weeks when stored in airtight containers.

stack of sugar cookies on a white plate

There is something to be said for a plain cookie and this cookie is the perfect example of a cookie that’s unassuming and lets the flavors speak for themself.

I know you’re going to love my sugar cookie recipe and it will soon become a family favorite.

Recipe FAQ’s

Should sugar cookies be soft or crunchy?

Most people prefer a soft and tender sugar cookie, usually, a crunchy cookie is a sign of overbaking. One of the biggest mistakes people make when making cookies is to over-mix the dry ingredients. The rule of thumb with baked goods is to mix flour / dry ingredients just enough to be incorporated into the mixture. Over-mixing will make the cookie tough.

What is the best type of sugar to use when making cookies?

Regular granulated sugar is the sugar of choice with cookies unless otherwise stated in the recipe.

Why do my sugar cookies spread out too much?

Cookies will spread as the fat used in the cookie begins to melt. This generally happens when there hasn’t been enough flour used to hold the melted fat. It’s important to measure the ingredients accurately.

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Classic Sugar Cookie

When you’re looking for a classic sugar cookie recipe, my easy-to-make sugar cookies will not disappoint. My recipe uses simple pantry ingredients and is perfect for making your favorite decorated holiday cookies or just as they are.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time12 mins

Course: Cookie, Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 24

Calories: 214kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

Large Sugar Cookie

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups unsalted butter softened- 3 sticks
  • cups granulated sugar plus extra to roll the cookies in
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

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Instructions

Large Sugar Cookie

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Place the softened butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment.

  • Cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes)

  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed, Scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the creamed butter on low speed. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and whip again for 30 seconds.

  • Add one half cup of sugar to a small bowl, to roll the cookies in.

  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough out and roll them into 1-inch balls. The dough is soft and delicate, so it’s important not to overhandle the dough.
  • Gently roll the dough ball in the sugar, shaking off the excess. Place the sugared dough balls on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart.

  • Use a drinking glass to flatten the dough ball, by placing the bottom of the glass on top of the dough ball and gently flatten the dough to about ½ inch thick

  • Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the preheated oven and bake for 9-11 minutes. The outside edges of the cookies will be turning golden brown,m and the centers will seem just barely set.

  • Place the baking sheets on wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg