How to Make Sugar Cookies
Learn how to make the long-time holiday favorite in just a few simple steps.
If you’re wondering how to make sugar cookies from scratch, good news: it’s easier than you might think! You’ll only need a few baking ingredients to get the job done—many of which you probably have on hand already—and some basic tools.
We recommend using 3-inch cookie cutters, but of course you can find the shapes and sizes that suit the occasion—snowflakes for Christmas, eggs for Easter, and hearts for Valentine’s Day. Whenever you bake cookies, however, be sure each batch has cookies that are the same size so they bake evenly.
We also recommend using a rolling pin, simply because it helps spread the dough out evenly and ensures uniform baking. Rolling pins often come in three different materials: wood, plastic, or marble. We prefer a wood rolling pin as it’s sturdy enough to get the job done while allowing flour to stick to the surface, making for easier rolling.
In terms of what sugars to use, it’s recommended that you follow the specific recipe. This is because each sugar affects the texture of cookies differently. Brown sugar, for example, is typically used to make softer sugar cookies. For this recipe we’ll use powdered sugar and then top our cookies off with a bit of granulated sugar for an extra-sweet finish.
What to Know About Sugar Cookie Dough
Sugar cookie dough can be fickle if you don’t know how to work with it; luckily, we have the right techniques to ensure your dough is easy to roll, cut, and bake.
Rule of thumb number one: stick to unsalted butter when baking. We prefer butter over margarine for most baking needs—like pastry crusts, shortbread, and sugar cookies—because the high water content and low fat levels of margarine provides poor results.
In terms of the tools that will best help you whip your dough into shape, an electric or stand mixer works wonders, but a wooden spoon can be used if you don’t have the others; it just requires a little more elbow grease.
How to Make Sugar Cookies:
There’s a reason our classic sugar cookies have been a holiday favorite for generations! Not only are they melt-in-your-mouth good, but they aren’t fussy or hard to make. In fact, everything you need is probably already in your pantry. Here’s how to make our top-rated sugar cookies.
What you’ll need:
- Ingredients for Classic Sugar Cookies
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or mixing spoon
- Lightly-greased cookie sheet
- Rolling pin
- 3-inch cookie cutters (desired shapes)
- Wire cooling rack
1. Gather your ingredients.