• Print
  • Save
  • Pinterest
  • Email
  • Facebook

Classic Sugar Cookies

classic sugar cookies Dessert
Classic Sugar Cookies
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 3 hr 10 min
  • Servings 60

Homemade sugar cookies—making them, decorating them, and best of all, eating them—are a central part of many of the happiest holiday memories. This sugar cookie recipe has been relied on by generations of home cooks for perfect results every time. MORE+ LESS-

Updated August 7, 2019
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour


1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
cup butter, 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

Decorator's Glaze

cups powdered sugar
tablespoons water
tablespoons light corn syrup
teaspoon almond extract
Food colors, if desired
Colored sugar, if desired


Hide Images
  • 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 375°F. 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.
  • 5
    In small bowl, beat all glaze ingredients except food colors and colored sugar with mixer on low speed until smooth. Divide among several small bowls. Stir desired food color, one drop at a time, into each until desired color. Decorate cookies with glaze and colored sugar.

  • Choose your baking sheets wisely—look for shiny aluminum sheets with no sides that allow air circulation for cookies to bake evenly. Dark sheets absorb more heat, making it hard to control browning. Insulated baking sheets slow down baking, providing control but also requiring longer bake times.
  • If you don’t have cooling racks you can transfer the warm cookies to a chilled baking sheet lined with clean kitchen towels or use a cooled wooden cutting board—anything to cool the cookies down quickly.

Expert Tips

  • For swirl frosted cookies, frost each cookie with Betty Crocker™ white cookie icing. Pipe 4 to 5 small dots red, green or blue Betty Crocker™ cookie icing or decorating gel on top of each cookie, immediately swirl color with toothpick to create marble designs.
  • As you bake, be sure to allow baking sheets to cool before you place fresh cut-outs on them for the oven.
  • You can prevent cookie dough from sticking to the cookie cutter by dipping the cutter in flour between uses.
  • Baking (cookie) sheets should be at least 2 inches smaller than the inside of your oven, so the heat can circulate completely around them. Be sure to arrange the oven racks, before you preheat the oven, so that you can bake in the center of the oven. Or jigger the racks to make room for two baking sheets—then rotate the pans halfway through baking.

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

  • Our Classic Sugar Cookies have such a tender crumb and balanced sweetness, you’d never know how easy they are to mix, roll out and cut. If it’s your first time behind the rolling pin and cookie cutters, take a few minutes to read over these step-by-step sugar cookie instructions that walk you through mixing, rolling and baking. Once you have a counterful of baked cookies ready to go, the real fun begins, as your sugar cookies serve as blank canvases for your colorful creativity. Frosting, icing, sprinkles and colored sugar will make these classic sugar cookies distinctively yours. Check out our best sugar cookies recipes for even more creative ideas. Once you master the basics, you’ll find yourself picking up new cookie cutters wherever you travel, and making classic sugar cookies all year long.

© 2019 ®/TM General Mills All Rights Reserved

Rate and Comment