Sugar Cookie Recipe

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I love this recipe. These are simple sugar cookies that are perfect to cut into shapes and decorate with your children.

Seven star shaped sugar cookies stacked in a tower on a mint green background.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Basic pantry ingredients
  • A no spread cookie dough that will keep its shape
  • Fun to make and yummy to eat.

Ingredients you will need

To make my sugar cookie recipe you will need salted butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, and an egg. You will also need vanilla extract and lemon juice.

The ingredients to make simple sugar cookies laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used butter and free-range eggs from their range in this recipe.


How to Make Sugar Cookies

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make simple sugar cookies, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below

Step one: Heat your oven to 160 degrees celsius.

Step two: Cream the salted butter and sugar until as white as possible. I use a stand mixer for this.

Creamed butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Step three: Add the egg, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, and beat well.

Step four: In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder) so that it is well combined

Flour in a light blue plastic mixing bowl with a whisk.

Step five: Add half the flour to the creamed ingredients, mix at low speed until combined, add the second half of the flour, and mix at low speed until combined.

Cookie dough in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer.

Step six: Cover the dough in the mixing bowl with cling wrap or beeswax paper/wrap, chill the dough for 30 mins.

A beeswax wrap pushed down on top of cookie dough in a white ceramic mixing bowl.

Step seven: Place a ball of dough between 2 sheets of baking powder, or on a floured board. Roll the dough to approximately 6mm thick.

Cookie dough sandwiched between two sheets of baking paper rolled out with a rolling pin.

Step eight: Use cookie cutters to cut the sugar cookie dough into whatever shapes you want. Place the cut-out shapes on a baking paper-lined cookie sheet.

star shaped cookies on a baking-paper lined tray ready to be baked.

Step nine: If you've got the time, pop the trays of cut cookies back into the fridge on the cookie sheet for 10-20 minutes.

Step ten: Bake your cookies at 160 degrees celsius for 10 minutes, they should be lightly golden on the underside when they are ready.

Step eleven: Cool completely the cookies completely on wire racks before icing, or enjoy them plain.

Thirteen star shaped cookies laid out on a piece of crumpled baking paper.
A stack of three star shaped sugar cookies on a piece of crumpled baking powder.

These are some fun ideas for decorating sugar cookies


Top Tips

Here is how you can make this sugar cookie recipe perfectly every time!

  • If you are having any issues rolling out the dough or moving the cut cookies, it may mean your dough has become too warm, chill it in the fridge and it will be easier to deal with.
  • The lemon juice in the recipe doesn't add flavour to the cookies, but the acid helps stop the cookies from spreading while baking.

FAQs

Can I freeze sugar cookie dough?

Yes, you can, wrap a ball of dough well in cling film and freeze for up to 6 months. When you are ready to make cookies bring the dough up to room temperature by sitting out on the bench.

How long will sugar cookie dough last?

Sugar cookie dough will last up to 7 days in the refrigerator, or it can be frozen for up to 6 months.

How to store sugar cookies?

Store your sugar cookies in an air-tight container in your pantry for up to 7 days, or freeze the cookies for up to 6 months.

Why is my sugar cookie hard?

If your sugar cookie is hard it means it has been overcooked. Be sure to check your cookies often and remove them from the oven as soon as the edges are lightly golden.

Seven star shaped sugar cookies stacked in a tower on a mint green background.

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Seven star shaped sugar cookies stacked in a tower on a mint green background.

Simple Sugar Cookies

An easy recipe to make cut out sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating with children
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: sugar cookies, easy sugar cookies, sugar cookie recipe, cut out sugar cookies
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 68kcal

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4.72 from 21 votes

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Base

  • 225 g butter
  • 225 g caster sugar 1 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 450 g flour 3 cups

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  • Take your butter out of the fridge so it can soften and come to room temperature
  • Cream the butter and sugar until as white as possible.
  • Add vanilla, lemon juice and egg, beat.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the flour and baking powder so that it is well combined
  • Add half the flour to the creamed ingredients, mix on low speed until combined, add the second half of the flour and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Cover the dough in the mixing bowl with cling wrap or beeswax paper/wrap, chill for 30 mins.
  • Place a ball of dough between 2 sheets of baking powder, or on a floured board. Roll the dough to approximately 5-6mm thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut the sugar cookie dough into whatever shapes you want. Place the cut-out shapes on a baking paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • If you've got the time, pop the trays of cut cookies back into the fridge on the cookie sheet for 10-20 minutes.
  • Bake your cookies at 160 degrees celsius for 10 minutes, they should be lightly golden on the underside when they are ready.
  • Cool completely the cookies completely on wire racks before icing, or enjoy them plain.

Notes

Tips

  • If you are having any issues rolling out the dough or moving the cut cookies, it may mean your dough has become too warm, chill it in the fridge and it will be easier to deal with.
  • The lemon juice in the recipe doesn't add flavour to the cookies, but the acid helps stop the cookies from spreading while baking.
  • Store your sugar cookies in an air-tight container in your pantry for up to 7 days, or freeze the cookies for up to 6 months.
  • If you have unbaked sugar cookie dough it will last up to 7 days in the refrigerator, or it can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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3 Comments

  1. Hi, There is no cream cheese in the recipe, but the cookie instructions say to take out cream cheese, do I have to also add cream cheese?

    1. Oh, I'm sorry this was a typo, it should say butter. I have updated the website and fixed the error