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Classic Sugar Cookies

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Classic Sugar Cookies
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 60

Some things just don't change. Delicate sugar cookies have been favorites for generations. Whether sprinkled with colored sugar, frosted or elaborately decorated, they're as popular now as in years past. MORE+ LESS-

August 23, 2017


1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
cup butter or margarine, softened
teaspoon vanilla
teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar or colored sugar


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  • 1
    Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Divide dough in half. Roll each half 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 4
    Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Expert Tips

  • You can prevent cookie dough from sticking to the cookie cutter by dipping the cutter in flour between uses.
  • Rise to the occasion! If using self-rising flour, there is no need to add baking soda and cream of tartar.
  • To ensure recipe success, do not use vegetable oil spreads.
  • For swirl frosted cookies, frost each cookie with white cookie icing. Pipe 4 to 5 small dots red, green or blue cookie icing or decorating gel on top of each cookie, immediately swirl color with toothpick to create marble designs.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • They say that the simplest things are the hardest to pull off perfectly. Sugar cookies, in all their sweet simplicity, might fall into this category—but only if you don’t have a thoroughly tested recipe from the Betty Crocker Kitchens at hand. Our Classic Sugar Cookie recipe has been loved and relied on by home bakers for decades, thanks to its tender crumb, balanced sweetness and ease of preparation. With step-by-step instructions that walk you through mixing, rolling and baking, there’s no mystery involved in making the best sugar cookies around, right in your kitchen. Once you’ve baked them, these sugar cookies are the perfect canvas for your creativity. Decorate your cookies with festive holiday colors or brighten them up for a treat that will make any day a little bit sweeter. Break out the frosting, icing, sprinkles and sugar and let your imagination go wild!

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