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Sugar Cookies Recipe

This sugar cookies recipe may have a lot of steps, but it’s actually very simple. You will be surprised how delicious these treats are.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Inactive35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy sugar cookie recipe, homemade sugar cookies, how to make sugar cookies, sugar cookie recipe, sugar cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 oz unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium eggs separated into 1 whole egg + 1 egg white, and 1 cold egg white
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice


Make the Cookies:

  • Sift the dry ingredients: Put a sieve over a large bowl. Add the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda. Sift them into the bowl.
    step 1: Sift the dry ingredients
  • Beat the butter: In a clean bowl, add the unsalted butter and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until the butter turns pale.
    step 2: Beat the butter
  • Beat egg and butter: Add 1 whole egg, 1 egg yolk, and vanilla extract to the butter mixture. Continue beating until fully incorporated.
    step 3: Beat egg and butter
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture: Divide the flour mixture into three parts. Gradually add it to the egg and butter mixture. Beat it with the electric mixer. Once the batter starts to clump into pieces of dough, switch to a spatula.
    step 4: Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture
  • Form the dough: Turn the dough onto a clean work surface. Gather the crumbs and form into a roughly round dough ball. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    step 5: Form the dough
  • Put parchment paper over the dough: Put a large piece of parchment paper on the work surface and sprinkle flour on it. Place the dough on the paper and sprinkle more flour on the dough. Then, place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. These layers of paper will allow you to roll and remove the cut-out cookies with ease later.
    step 6: Put parchment paper over the dough
  • Roll the dough: Using a rolling pin, press the dough gently before rolling it 0.2-inch thick.
    step 7: Roll the dough
  • Cut out the cookies: Using a cookie cutter, cut the cookies into desired shapes. Carefully remove excess dough around the cookies and transfer them to a lined baking sheet using an offset spatula. Gather the scraps and form into a dough ball. Continue rolling and cutting until there is no scrap left.
    step 8: Cut out the cookies
  • Freeze the cookies: Put the cookie tray in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking. While you wait, preheat the oven to 320°F.
    step 9: Freeze the cookies
  • Bake the cookies: Put the cookie tray in the middle of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely. While you wait, make the icing.
    step 10: Bake the cookies

Make the Icing:

  • Beat the egg white and powdered sugar: In a clean bowl, add the remaining 1 cold egg white, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat for about 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
    step 1-make the icing: Beat the egg white and powdered sugar
  • Add color to the icing: Divide the icing into small bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl and stir with a clean spoon to get the desired colors.
    step 2-make the icing: Add color to the icing
  • Decorate: Pour the colored icing into piping bags. Cut off a small part of the tip and start decorating. Allow the icing to dry for several hours before serving.
    step 3-make the icing: Decorate


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg