Learn to make sugar cookies from scratch with My Food and Family! This simple recipe for a family favorite is the only recipe you'll ever need for making sugar cookies from scratch. These buttery and crisp sugar cookies are a classic dessert the whole family will love!
What You Need
Original recipe yields 36 servings
3-1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. milk
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
colored sugar or additional granulated sugar
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Let's Make It
Mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in milk and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch-thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with floured 3-inch cookie cutters. Sprinkle with colored sugar, if desired. Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks. Decorate as desired.
Cookies can be decorated with JELL-O Gelatin instead of sugar. Bake cookies as directed. While cookies are still warm, brush lightly with light corn syrup or honey. Sprinkle with any flavor dry gelatin.
Prepare and roll out cookie dough as directed. Cut 6-inch patterns (i.e. angel, tree, star, bell) from cardboard; place on cookie dough. Cut dough with sharp knife; transfer to baking sheets with large spatula. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 15 large cookies.
St. Patrick's Day Cookies
Prepare and roll out cookie dough as directed; cut into shamrock, pipe or hat shapes. Bake as directed. Decorate with tinted glaze, green colored sprinkles and/or decorating icing/gel.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies or 36 servings, 1 cookie each.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.