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Best Sugar Cookie Recipes

Celebrate Valentine's or just the sun coming up with these delicious, buttery, fast sugar cookies. The dough uses LOTS of butter (natch) and doesn't have a rest time, so if you have a hankering for delightful cookies covered in Royal Icing and sprinkles, look no further.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine comfort food
Servings 10


  • Mixer


Cookie Dough

  • 2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla Optional: substitute scotch or bourbon.
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups all purpose flour

Royal Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBLS corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 TBLS water


Cookie Dough

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  • Add butter and sugar to your mixer.Cream the butter and sugar until it is completely mixed. Do not over-mix.
  • Add vanilla and eggs and mix untilcompletely incorporated.
  • Add Baking Powder and mix.
  • Mix in the flour two cups at a time.
  • Do not chill the dough, the cookies will bake better if the dough is at room temperature.
  • Roll a handful of the dough out on a floured surface until it's about 3/8" thick and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes depending on the size of the cookie. Do not over-bake.
  • Frost with Royal Icing and sprinkles.

Royal Icing

  • Mix icing sugar, corn syrup and vanilla.
  • Smooth with a spatula to reduce lumps.
  • Add any dye if using (gel or powder is better because it has less liquid). Add water bit by bit so it is spreadable but not too runny.
  • Put icing in a piping bag or squeeze bottle.
  • Top with sprinkles.
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