How to Make Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are so easy to make, they're the perfect cookie for any time of year. Learn how to make sugar cookies so you can always have them on hand. These easy sugar cookies will be your family's new favorite.

Easy Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a classic cookie recipe for Christmas and year-round. Use this guide to learn how to make sugar cookies that strike the perfect balance between chewy and crispy. Read on to find your new favorite easy sugar cookie recipe.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies


Step 1: Mix Ingredients

Preheat oven to 300ºF. In a large mixing bowl, beat ½ cup softened butter and ½ cup shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt. Beat mixture until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in 3 egg yolks and ½ tsp vanilla. Beat in as much of the 1¾ cups flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

Step 2: Shape & Bake

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are set; do not let edges brown. Cool cookies for 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool.

Test Kitchen Tip

Tender and sweet sugar cookies offer welcome canvases for flavor artistry. Add dashes of new flavors -- spices, shredded citrus peel, or extracts -- to make your cookies distinct.

How to Store Sugar Cookies

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

More Great Sugar Cookie Ideas

Make your sugar cookies extra special with these simple frosting techniques. One of our secrets is to turn the same frosting into a glaze. We also show you how sprinkles can dress up your cookies.

Christmas Sugar Cookies


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