Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Total Time:
4 hr 40 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cutters
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Colored sugar and milk, for decorating, or Royal Icing, recipe follows
  • Royal Icing:
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons meringue powder (egg white powder)
  • Food coloring, as desired
Directions

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a second large bowl and mix well. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture 1 cup at a time. Chill the dough for 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Roll out the dough and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. Place the shapes on the prepared cookie sheet. If decorating with colored sugar, brush the cookies with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar (if using royal icing, leave unfinished). Bake until the cookies are just beginning to brown around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies.

Remove the cookies to a rack to cool completely. If using royal icing, decorate the cookies as desired.

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Royal Icing:

Combine the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and 3/4 cup water in a large bowl. Mix slowly with an electric mixer until stiff enough to form peaks; the icing should be pure white and thick, but not fluffy and bubbly. If the frosting is over-beaten, it will get aerated which makes it harder to work with. If this happens, let the frosting sit to settle, and then use a rubber spatula to vigorously beat and smooth out the frosting.

Add up to 1 tablespoon food coloring and mix with a rubber spatula until the color is uniform. Gels are best with royal icing. You don't want to thin them with liquid colors. Be careful of adding too much color, which reduces the sheen of the frosting and can break down the consistency of the frosting over a couple of days. Store the icing at room temperature, covered, with plastic wrap on the surface.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups icing


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Note to self, always read the reviews before making anything! This cookie is terrible! What a waste of my time energy and money! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great sugar cookie recipe - but needs icing or sugar on top. I've been using this recipe for years, Christmas, Halloween, etc. works great with cookie cutters. It is made to be used with icing or sugar on top - that brings out the flavor. If you want to eat them plain, you will need to add more sugar and flavor to the dough. Try lemon/orange peel & extract, and 1/2 cup more sugar. I use the lemon for Easter, cut out egg or bunny shapes and add a thick layer of colored sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never made sugar cookies before. Used because posted as popular sugar cookies from food network. Kept tasting thinking my taste buds may be off. Then looked at these reviews. Totally disappointed and wish I had looked at the reviews first! Very bland cookie if you follow the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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If your looking for a traditional sugar cookie dough recipe this is it! It was so easy that my 11 year old son made these for our family using fun shapes that he detailed himself. We will definitely be using this recipe again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Yummiest & easiest cookies ever!! I adjusted the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and 2 tsp of vanilla, as stated in other reviews. I wanted simple undecorated sugar cookies, so the increase of sugar made them perfect by themselves. My two super picky boys, age 7 & 6, loved them. If your going to decorate them I would leave out the extra 1/2 cup of sugar, unless you like them very sweet. My mix came out moist and not too sticky. I had no problem handling it in my hands. I made a big ball out of it and wrapped in plastic wrap. Chilled for 3-4 hours. It does come out pretty hard. I cut it in half and placed the other part in the fridge until I was ready to use it. I use powder sugar to coat the surface of my counter to roll out the dough instead of flour. Do not crowd them on the cookie sheet. I also rotated the cookie sheet halfway through the baking time. The end result was a light crispy edge with a slightly chewy center with a lot of favor and sweetness. They were even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were SO easy and very yummy! As stated in some of the reviews others have left, they aren't super sugary, but once you load them with frosting and decorations, that will no longer be a problem! :) These taste exactly like how I remember my mom making them when I was little. I'm keeping this recipe! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
lets try this out! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies tasted just like my grandma would make. I used real butter and rolled them out between wax paper. They make perfect cut out cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this is one of the best recipes for Sugar Cookies! And does it ever make the house smell like Christmas.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED IT!! Added 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla per the review recommendations and it was perfect! Very easy to make which is a HUGE plus in my book especially during the busy holiday season! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just looking at the recipe - I haven't tried this one - I would add a lot more vanilla. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy recipe to follow with ingredients I had on hand. I had to make these for school lunch treat and I used all organic ingredients. Followed recipe exactly. Nice, crunchy texture and buttery flavor. I will make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
TASTED LIKE CRACKERS OR BISCUITS item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try adding a teaspoon of brown sugar and cinnamon item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is horrible and I was very disappointed. If you notice, everyone who rated this any higher did not actually follow the recipe but instead added more of this and that. I did not read the reviews before I did this and the recipe made the cookies taste more like biscuits/short bread cookies- not impressed at all. I always use this website and this is the first time I have been disappointed. Will definitely not be using this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare dough and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After pulling the cookies out of the oven, I eagerly took a bite only to realize they tasted nothing like sugar cookies but instead like biscuits. However I didn't let this ruin my day instead I made a trip to Popeyes picked up an order of spicy chicken tenders. I came back home and enjoyed my biscuits with popeyes. All in all horrible cookies but delicious biscuits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew this recipe sounded off-too much flour and baking powder, etc. but decided to try it anyway and ended up with bland sugar biscuits, not cookies! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used more sugar and vanilla, just like everyone else and I rolled it in cinnamon sugar, this was the best sugar cookie I've ever had. Oh and I also used salted butter. My only complaint was the very limited window in cutting the dough before it warms up and becomes gooey even after I chilled it for 3 hours and flour my rolling pin. I'm letting the rest of the dough chill overnight hoping that will help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did what everyone kept repeating which was to add an extra half cup of sugar. I had no trouble making these cookies. This is the first time i ever made sugar cookies and i was so excited to see the end result. Actually this is the first time i every used a rolling pin lol. ^_^ item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made these sugar cookies several times and they are great. I always also add more sugar (1/2 cup more like the other reviews state. I then ice them with a lemon icing from a the iced lemon cookie recipe by Rachael Ray. The cookies from that recipe didn't rate well but the icing is great with these cookies. When guests eat these I get tons of compliments. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the WORST cookie recipe I have ever made! I let the dough chill extra and still it stuck to EVERYTHING! And then when I put them in the oven they didn't set in their shape and spread all over the pan. DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are great if you add half a cup of sugar maybe a pinch more and i always put in more vanilla extract and people always compliment on them also great if you frost and make them cutouts, baking on a silicon mat gives them a softer middle too item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added 1/2 tsp more vanilla and 1/2 cup more sugar after reading other reviews. Great tasting cookies! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to add a lot more vanilla and 1/2 cup more of sugar. They came out soft and really delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
NO, these cookies weren't tasty at all. Im sorry. From now on im reading reviews before i use new recipes or ill keep to my own old recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try using buttermilk instead gives it a nice flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty,awsome,yummy i have never had a cookie like this item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty,easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. Made them in the shape of turkeys and pumpkins, of course. Also added sanding sugar, lovely. A great recipe for a first-time baker. Makes for good practice for making them even in thickness, too. I'm happy I listened to previous reviewers, please add that extra 1/2 cup of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious. I used vanilla sugar and cake flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good if you add more sugar. I added just over a 1/2 cup more sugar and they were perfect. Also, I didn't have time to chill the dough, so I mixed and dropped them on a pan and they turned out really good at a total cook time 12 minutes for large cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
its very great ppl item not reviewed by moderator and published
perfect if your looking for a recipe that reminds you of those christmas cookies you made as a kid. they taste just the way they should. there isnt one thing that should be changed. my son enjoyed helping me make these. will definatley use this recipe every year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies weren't that great. They could of been sweeter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies were amazing! They were easy to make, my three year old helped. We added a half a cup of light brown sugar as an extra touch, it made them taste even better! We used a particular butter called Lurpak, which is made in Denmark, and it made them more rich. We also frosted them with Betty Crocker chocolate frosting . item not reviewed by moderator and published
MADE A BATCH OF THE SUGAR COOKIES --FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS ROLLED INTO BALL AND FLATTENED A LITTLE AND BAKED AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT OF THE OVEN I PUT A CANDY KI IN THE MIDDLE. THEY LOOK LIKE THE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES I MAKE WITH TNE KISS IN THE MIDDLE. THE ONLY THING I WILL DO DIFFERENT NEXT TIME IS ADD EXTRA SUGAR TO THE RECIPE SO THE COOKIE IS SWEETER. DELISH------------------------------THE BAKER FROM --DAHLONEGA GA item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these cookies! I added a half cup of sugar to the recipe since I read some of the comments on here and they came out perfectly! I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them into some cinnamon and sugar and they were delish! I think that the people that rated these poorly didn't follow the recipe or something because these are the BEST!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I definitely love these sugar cookies over the flat ones. I'll usually bake half and then freeze the rest. I like to roll them into a ball and flatten them out a lil bit before freezing in a freezer zip lock bag so when I do finally decide to bake them all I have to do is place them on a cookie sheet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good! I made them in balls and just flattened with my hand so that they were kind of like "pillows". They are delicious with icing or just sprinkles and a big glass of milk - or a cup of Starbucks coffee! It would be easy to make these orange cookies or any other by adding extract and flavored icing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These aren't horrible or anything, they just aren't very good. I didn't read the reviews before I made this so I didn't add any more sugar. I did roll them in cinnamon and sugar before I made them but that didn't even really save them. I may just throw the rest out and look for a better recipe. Probably won't be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These sugar cookies are absolutely divine! The only little thing I changed was that I added a half cup more sugar, it's all about your taste though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies taste OK once they are done. They definitely don't need as much salt as the recipe says. I added the extra sugar as some other people suggested. I can't image what they would have tasted like without it. The dough was WAY too gooey to roll out. I put them in the fridge for 3.5 hours and the freezer for a while and they still were very hard to cut into shapes no matter how fast I tried to work. I definitely WILL NOT be making these cookies again. I don't even think I'm gonna eat the ones I just made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made these cookies yesterday and they turned out great! I did add an extra half cup of sugar as recommended by earlier reviews. I also used "salted" butter and just added 1/2 tsp of salt instead of the recipe's 1 tsp. Some who reviewed the recipe said that it was too gooey to roll out and it is when first mixed. It definitely has to be chilled for 3 to 4 hours (or 30 - 40 minutes in freezer) before being rolled out. I also found that if you make 2 - 1" pancake-shaped rounds that it chills much faster and is shaped ready to roll. Even with proper chilling, the dough softens quickly but the finished product is worth having to work quickly. We like our cookies on the crispy side so I dropped the temp by about 15 degrees and extended the bake time by about 5 - 7 minutes. The texture is nice and crispy, not doughy like some sugar cookie recipes I've tried before. This one's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is soft ,sugary light and easy to make recipe!!! I did not have time to cool it . I placed it into a freezer and spooned it ino a cookie sheet. It was perfect !!! My 11 year old son had the best time making it ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also read some reviews and bumped up on the sugar. I rolled the dough into logs, before putting them in the fridge. Sliced them, sprinkled with sugar and then baked them. They came out very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these! They reminded me of the sugar cookies my mom made when I was a child. I did add the extra 1/2 cup sugar others recommended and was more than pleased. They are not too sweet which makes them so enjoyable! I would let the dough warm up a bit before rolling it as it was a bit hard. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe seems to be the same that my mom used to make cookies at Christmas for our family when I was growing up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
instead of using 1 cup of sugar i used 1 1/2 cups because of the other people saying it was a bit bland, and instead of having to roll out the dough later, i just rolled it into a log before i refrigerated then cut them into 1/2 inch thick pieces. i didnt use milk or sprinkles, it was perfect i am soo going to used this recipe again, the perfect blank canvas! make these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First, it mentions that the prep time is 20 mins with 4 mins inactive prep however, it doesnt mention that it needs to be chilled for 3-4 hours. Next, I followed the recipe exactly yet the cookies seemed dry and had no flavor. I'll definitely won't be using this recipe again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Before I started I read the reviews and the ones noting the lack of sugar were right on. I added an extra 1/4 of a cup but 1 1/2 cups total probably would have been better. They were alright. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm making my 3rd batch of these cookies tonight.. They are so easy to make and just delicious!!! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out perfect.. so easy to roll out and cut with cookie cutters... Will keep this recipe for a long time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I rolled these in sugar and cinnamon to make the type of snickerdoodle my mother in law makes and they turned out great! Soft, buttery and perfectly sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were easy to make...but the dough wasnt the best, i had to add milk to it because it was to floury and wouldnt roll good. i agree with other people's comments about adding alittle more sugar. other than the floury dough problem and i think these cookies are perfect if you need to make something fast and easy :) also i made some frosting to go on top, they tasted great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just like grandma use to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy to make, and makes great sugar cookies. Fun for everyone item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cookie was a favorite at my family's easter party this year!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
good item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice basic recipe to have on hand! Lots of variation potential. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best cookie ever!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe needs at least another cup of flour to not be a big glob of goo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was really fast and simple. I was craving sugar cookies and this was the perfect recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were impossible to roll out. I even froze the dough and it was so incredibly sticky even then. I ended up sticking little balls of dough on cookie sheets for baking. They were tasty, but I was disappointed that I couldn't cut them into shapes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even using AB's creaming method to bake cookies, these came out dry and the flavor was nothing special. Very disapointing item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I first tried this recipe i found the cookies not sweet enough so i added another 4th of a cup of sugar and they turned out wonderfully! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best cookies ever! They work better than store bought dough. I put them into the freezer for 45min to an hour to speed up the process. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great basic cookie, the perfect canvas for your own personal touches. I made this recipe and then I frosted half with a mixture powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream mixed together to a thick and fluffy consistency and I made snickerdoodles with the other half. Both variations came out great. No hint of Play-Doh at all, and I should know, I tasted Play-Doh as a child. So, I can say with some authority these do not taste like it. Anyway, this is a great-tasting and easy cookie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very easy recipe and is great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This cookie was super and easy. The flavor is superb. I separate the dough into 3 tube-like shapes, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until ready to use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the recipe was super simple to follow. I liked that these cookies are not too sugary and are fluffy (which I usually atribute to using a stand mixer). I brought these to work and everyone loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My dough came out creamy and tasty with a nice hint of vanilla. A great "basic" cookie dough! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have the smell of playdough some folks mentioned. I did add a 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar for structure. But otherwise followed the recipe. The cookies tasted fine, maybe a little more sugar would have been better, but after you decortate and frost them I'm sure the additions will make up for any loss of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great cookies.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the prep was super simple and they where easy to bake but the definately need frosting because all alone they are not sweet enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is perfect for making sugar cookies and makes a great idea for an easy treat in or out of the holiday season. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really liked it but note to anybody with a convection oven.....dont use it to make cookies....it messes em' up item not reviewed by moderator and published
I totally agree with another reviewer who stated that this cookie tastes and smells like Play Dough. This was the first time in my life (I am over 50) that I actually threw out all the cookies and the dough. Horrible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
they tasted a whole lot like butter cookies. Not impressed with them. Wouldn't try them again item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love sugar cookies and i think this is exactly how they should be! delecious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies taste and smell like the homemade play dough kids make at school. I added M&M's and that was the only thing that saved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very easy, but the outcome was great. Easy to extend, and personalized. Two thumbs up!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dough was to hard to work with. Cookies were to messy when eating them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
really good, perfectly chewy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been the world's best baker, and sugar cookies were always where I had a lot of trouble. But I really wanted to make some for my 3yo daughter to cut out and decorate. I tried 2 different recipes that resulted in a gooey, sticky mess that would not roll out or cut properly. Then I found these! The dough was perfect! Not to sticky, and so easy to make. I had no trouble rolling it out and my DD was easily able to cut out shapes and put them on cookie sheets. The finished product was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it melts in your smooth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great for a quick & easy recipe & you can prep ahead of time so your kids can help w/ cut outs item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I've used this recipe for sugar cookies for years - agree, it can be bland. If I don't cover them with icing, I add more vanilla extract and a thick coating of colored sugar. Another option is to add lemon/orange peel & extract. The sugar or icing on top does help make the flavor of the cookie stronger. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nobody's getting poisoned for goodness sake. If you don't like it, just say that. You kind of went WAY over board here. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe seems like it includes pretty standard cookie ingredients - maybe you used salt instead of sugar? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Obviously you don't bake much. Not all cookies are super sweet. Some are lighter, and the sweetness comes from the icing or sugar on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks for the excellent suggestions. I agree - I have been making this recipe for years, and when I leave them undecorated I add more sugar and extract. Another option is lemon or orange peel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why don't you try it and get back to us with a more definitive outcome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What's wrong with shortbread cookies. If you are even half a baker you would figure out ways to adjust the recipe to your liking. You should always make a recipe per the instruction the first time, then adjust it to your taste after that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found cinnamon makes it better taseting item not reviewed by moderator and published

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