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If you find yourself searching for a sugar cookie dough recipe every year, look no further. This recipe is simple, straightforward, and downright delicious. The key to the dough is working with room temperature butter. Soft, pliable butter will whip more easily with the sugar, resulting in a creamy, fluffy base for the rest of the cookies. Once you’re finished with the dough, there’s an endless assortment of easy holiday treats you can make. Think: Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies, Pecan Logs, and Jam Thumbprints. Oh, and don’t forget the classic: cut-out cookies in all your favorite shapes.

Sara Quessenberry


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 25 mins
Makes 18 cookies


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.

  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk and (unless otherwise specified in an individual recipe) refrigerate, wrapped, for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

  • Make cookies according to directions in the 10 Ideas For Sugar Cookie Dough collection. Alternately, make cutout cookies by doing the following: Heat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll out each disk ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on parchment-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until firm. Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if using, and bake until just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; fat 11g; saturated fat 7g; cholesterol 39mg; sodium 43mg; protein 2g; carbohydrates 21g; fiber 1g.