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Simple Sugar Cookies

    This simple sugar cookie recipe might look hard, but really it’s not. Just follow the recipe instructions and you will be just fine.

    Simple Sugar Cookies

    The kids absolutely love them after a big day at school. I normally bake during the day so they are ready for when hubby and kids come home. Trust me, these sugar cookies don't last very long…that's how yummy they are.
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Simple Sugar Cookies
    Prep Time 40 minutes
    Cooling-Decoring 25 minutes
    Servings 32


    • Fridge-Freezer
    • Oven
    • Oven Tray
    • Large Mixing Bowl
    • Electric Whisk
    • Cups
    • Teaspoons
    • Parchment Paper
    • Cookie Cutters
    • Spatula
    • Cooling Rack
    • Plastic Bags


    • 2 Cups All-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
    • ½ tsp Baking Powder
    • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
    • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter Room Temperature
    • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
    • 1 Large Egg Room Temperature
    • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
    • ½ Cup Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars Optional



    • In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in egg and vanilla.
    • With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined.
    • Divide dough in half; flatten into disks.
    • Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).


    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    • Line baking sheets with parchment.
    • Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. .
    • Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed.
    • Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
    • Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.)
    • Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
    • Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size).
    • Cool completely on wire racks.
    • To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon.
    • Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired

    I love eating sugar cookies with my coffee or tea of an afternoon.
    If you’re like me and love to fancy things up, try adding some sprinkles on top. One of my friends likes adding some cinnamon on hers, which also taste great. You can even cut them into fun shapes like stars, triangles or even animal shapes(kids love animal shapes).
    Once you master this recipe you can do the prep time a lot faster.

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