Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Additional sugar
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
- 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place on greased baking sheets; flatten with a glass. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze baked cookies in airtight containers or freezer bags to enjoy anytime!
Reviews for Sugar Cookies
"1) be sure to add 1/2 teaspoon salt if you use unsalted butter.2) IF the recipe makes 60 servings, and IF each serving costs $.15, the ingredients would cost $9.00......"
"My grandson and I made these delicious cookies today--very easy and he said "yummy." We got 38 cookies, not 60, but who cares? We will make a double batch next time if we want more cookies. We loved the texture and taste. We will definitely make these again."
"Tasty treat! Family loves them"
"When I make them I will use lard."
"To those of you bashing this recipe because it calls for shortening, there is a reason for it. I split my cookie recipes a lot! Again, there is a reason for it!This is such a good recipe!"
"I haven't made these yet but I wouldn't use shortening for sugar cookies. It should be all butter as far as I'm concerned. But the rest of the ingredients are fine."
"These cookies are wonderful. Very light and delicate. I made these several times and usually get 5-6 dozen cookies each time. They don't last long!"
"Yes, shortening is Crisco. I use the butter flavored one for baking."
"When it says shortening, does it mean like crisco??"
"This is one of my favorite recipes. Love these cookies, except they do not make as many as they say. Wonderful !"
"I must have missed something, We have had 3 restaurants and a catering business since the 80's. These are the WORST sugar cookies I have ever eaten. The second batch I put another batch of sugar in and they were edible , but certainly NOT the best I've had or even tasty. I have NEVER written a review before, and I am not sure what happened , I have checked and double checked the ingredients , I'm baffled, but we won't be trying again. I love my recipe , just like to try new, oh well a BIG MISS for this."
"I made these in 2011 with my then 2 1/2 year old grandson who was exhausted from the long walk we took. I kept talking about making the sugar cookies when we got home and he was excited about it. By the time we got home he was tired and he said "grandma you bake, I eat!" So bake I did and eat he did-I had to tell him that he had had enough for now and would have to wait until tomorrow after lunch to eat the rest. He almost cried and said "But grandma these are the best cookies I ever had!" His mother agreed. They have been a staple Christmas cookie since then and he still loves to eat them! I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars!"
"This is a wonderful recipe and now one of my favorite cookies. Thanks for sharing!!"
"This recipe is superlative and does not require milk or buttermilk."
"These are a good sugar cookie, very basic. Couple of things I found while making these for the first time that may help others that reviewed. I used a small cookie scoop and got 52 cookies. One person commented on not letting them brown. Browning the edges brings more flavor to a cookie made with butter. The solution is to use parchment paper, the cookies just slide right off. Honestly, I thought they left the inside of my mouth with a greasy film after taste testing. No matter, the hubby will love them."
"The recipe made around 70 cookies -- I stuck really close to the 1" scoop. The first and last batches were the best.... don't let them get the least bit brown or they tend to break when you get them off the pan. (they are quite delicate) Slightly under-baking them left them a tad bit moister and they didn't crack like the ones that got a little browner. The flavor is amazing. Texture is a little like a shortbread cookie....honestly melts in your mouth. I will use my old recipe though for Christmas sugar cookies which we like to cut out. These will be in addition to all the other traditional Christmas cookies. Definitely a five-star taste."
"Wonderful cookie!! I followed the recipe and they turned out perfect!!!! Definitely is a keeper, and husband approved!! Made 35 cookies."
"One star short because although the cookies are delectable, the recipe DOES NOT MAKE 60 cookies. It made three dozen plus two. That's a pretty significant difference. Someone should change the recipe page to reflect it."
"easy to make. 1 inch balls are small but what's needed because they do spread a little. Plenty sweet. I added some of the decorative sugar crystals to tops and tapped into tops. Also used some colored sugars. Crunchy. Love them"
"Very very easy. Cooked for about a minute less than recommended. Came out soft and delicious. I squashed them to about 1/2 an inch each."
"Wonderful recipe. I used coconut oil for the shortening, and otherwise followed the recipe as written. They came out perfect."
"The cookies were great, I'll be making them, Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe."
"Great recipe! I used lemon extract instead of vanilla. Wonderful flavor!!"
"Just made a batch of these for the first time and I LOVE them!!! I think they're a lot like a delicate shortbread cookie. Not for rolling out and using a cookie cutter. I did sprinkle half the cookies with extra sugar for more sweetness and those are more like a sugar cookie taste. I used a tablespoon measuring spoon for a scoop and got about 2 dozen. I will definitely make these again."
"I made these cookies with a GF flour and they turned out great."
"Very disappointed with this recipe! I've been baking for over 40 years. Cookies were not sweet enough and turned out crumbly looking after baking. I made these for a club meeting at school, but I will not bring these cookies. I'll stop by the store in the morning to pick up something to bring to the meeting."
"I just made these and they not only turned out great, but they made the 5 dozen that everyone is complaining it does not make. You have to follow the directions and actually make 1in balls, 1 in is pretty small...so therefore the cookies are smaller than normal drop cookies. Favorite sugar cookie recipe for sure! Like I said, follow the instructions and you will get your 5 dozen...but if you like your cookies bigger, you will only get 3 dozen or so. Either way, flavor and texture are fantastic!"
"Loved these. Very addicting flavor. However, I only got 24 using my medium P.Chef cookie scoop. I gently used the palm of my hand to press them down slightly. They came out awesome."
"This will be my go to sugar cookie. Can't wait to start playing around with it."
"too greasy , use 1 cup butter instead and shine shortening"
"I love these!!! They remind me of being a kid. however if you're looking for five dozen cookies this recipe only made about thirty"
"I liked this recipe. I made a review on my blog!https://meilizlewis.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/sugar-cookies-recipe/"
"These are good but not the soft sugar cookie I'm looking for. I did remove them from the oven at 9 minutes and they were slightly crunchy on the outside and somewhat chewy on the inside. I also got 55 good sized cookies."
"The recipe is easy and delicious, but there is NO WAY it makes 60 cookies. My daughter used a ruler to make 1" balls, and they were small. If she had made them any smaller, they would be thumbprint cookies. I would always double the recipe from now on...."
"they were great!!!! i can not wait until my family can make them again."
"These cookies taste great! As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor, I am always trying different versions of classic cookies. easy to assemble. Our dough was too soft to roll. So simply scooped and gently tossed in colored sprinkles for valentines. Baked perfect!"
"If you love sugar cookies, look no further. These are the best! My family loves them."
"So good, so easy to make!!!"
"My 7 year old daughter and I are making Christmas cookies today and chose these to make, rolling them in colored sprinkles. They turned out wonderful! We followed the recipe exactly (until we used the sprinkles, that is), but must have made them larger as we only came up with 3 dozen cookies. They are not really large cookies, so to come out with 5 dozen, they would have to be really small. The cook time was still fine for our larger cookies, and they will definitely be enjoyed!"
"It's a keeper! The perfect amount of sweet and nice texture. My kids love them."
"I have made a lot of Sugar cookies over the years and have to say this is the best ever! If you make 1" balls as stated you will get 5 dozen 2" cookies...perfect size to add to gift baskets. Also if you have problems with the cookie spreading too much, don't push down much on the glass...just enough to take away the ball look but leave it thicker....bakes up very nice."
"Very nice dough and easy to roll into balls because it isn't sticky. I dropped red food coloring and mixed it in the sugar and also a section of green amd let them mix a little. It made it very festive and not just plain white. All of them looked a little different. It creates a lovely light crisp on the edges and chewy center when they are not. Now I just have to try them after they've cooled. This might be that go to cookie I've been looking for."
"This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever used! My daughter is not normally a big fan of cookies but she LOVED these as much as the rest of my family did. Thank you for the great recipe!"
"Can't wait to try these, they sound wonderful!"
"My daughters made these today and they were AWESOME! A BIG hit in our house!"
"This is my favorite, go-to sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are soft and delicious. I like to glaze them with a simple confectioners sugar glaze - they don't need it because they are delicious as is - but it's nice to add the extra pop of color with the glaze. Great recipe!"
"One word: fabulous!"
"OH! So good, buttery & sweet."
"Extremely good and easy! The only thing I changed, was to use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract. Awesome!"
"This recipe was easy and great. My daughter made them over the weekend. They were gobbled right up!"
"These were fantastic. I did not change anything in the recipe. The are soft and have a great taste. I did put them in the fridge for 30 mins then rolled them out and used cookie cutters.. I will be keeping this recipe."
"Wonderful ! I did use coconut oil instead of shortening and flavor was great:) , I rolled and cut with cookie cutter and frosted with a light powdered sugar icing!"
"These are so good. To keep shape freeze dough for 30 min then cut into shapes. I also added 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/4 more cup of sugar, and only 2 cups of flour sifted. I roll them in powdered sugar to not have chalky taste. I I baked at 325 till the bottom is brown not the top so that's about 10- 12 mins. t's a KEEPER!!!"
"Great basic sugar cookie! I needed some extra brightness in my day, so I rolled them in pink and purple sugar. Even though my husband complained about them being so girly, it didn't stop him from devouring them."
"The recipe was so easy to make. My kids just loved these cookies. Will make them again soon."
"Excellent sugar cookie!!! I am making some for gifts today!!!!"
"I added 1/2 tsp. salt to the recipe."
"Good basic sugar cookie recipe."
"This recipe was easy to make. I substituted coconut oil for the shortening for healthier cookies and tasted great."
"Made these last night - perfect, perfect sugar cookie! Didn't change a thing - made as directed. They were even better this morning with a cup of coffee. They melt in your mouth! Thanks for sharing - these are the best!"
"Simple and delicious cookie recipe. I used margarine in place of the shortening. Be sure to make small balls, they expand quite a bit. This is a keeper!"
"Simple and very yummy recipe. Make the balls small because they really grow while baking. I topped them with glaze and candy sprinkles for a birthday party...they didn't last long."
"The boys loved them and so did I. We used cookie cutters and made some with the glass. Can't wait to eat more!"
"Really loved these cookies! The only thing I am thinking about changing the next time I make them is to cut back the flour 2 cups and increase the sugar by 1/4 cup. I have a crazy sweet tooth......"
"So easy and wonderful taste! Thanks"
"So I followed the whole thing correctly, And guess what? My cookies came out like ugly flat pancakes. They wouldn't hold together at all. Don't know what everyone here's talking about. I'd advise everyone to stay far away from this recipe as possible. I'm really upset."
"yummy cookies ;) my kids loved them!"
"i love sugar cookies, i don't like the roll and cut out ones. this recipe is the best. the cookies are sweet and crispy just the way i like them. i been using this recipes for years. everyone i make them for loves them."
"Very good and soft. I separated the dough into separate bowls and added different colored food color. The kids loved them."
"Excellent, but they will spread out. Great flavour"
"I've made these a few times in the last year! Delicious! I often cook them without flattening them with a glass first, and they come out soft and yummy!"
"Very crisp cookie and very tasty. I left it a bit longer 13-15 minutes. Also, I had to quickly put them on the rack otherwise they would stick to the sheet even after greasing it thoroughly. Will definitely do it again. Thank you ! :)"
"I've made these cookies once a week for the last 2 months. They are my husband's favorite!! He even gave up his favorite store bought, processed cookies for them. I have made this recipe exactly as stated and with 1 cup of butter, leaving out the shortening. We definitely like it with just butter more. It gives them more flavor and they're moister."
"sorry didn't star it couldn't see stars ..."
"yummy good i use one tsp salt and doubled receipe sooo good...now am making frosting to take to a friend in a home in williamston.."
"I usually am not a big fan of sugar cookies because of the lemon flavor. These were great with vanilla! I did not have any shortening so I used a cup of butter and they turned out great."
"Keep an eye on the time if you don't like hard cookies, 10 might be too long. Excellent flavor."
"I substitute lemon juice for the vanilla and added the zest of a whole lemon. They were a huge hit with my friends and family!!!"
"OK...I made a quick batch yesterday and they are addictive- I am sending them into work with my husband to support my weakening will power!"
"these are the best sugar cookies i have tasted"
"My family loved these cookies! easy and fast!"
"These cookies were so easy to make and they are delicious!"
"These cookies are so good. I made them for the holidays and they did not last long."
"This is by far the best sugar cookie recipe I've tried. My husband doesn't usually care for sugar cookies, but can't seem to get enough of these. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! We will be making these for years to come."
"Easly and very tasty!"
"It was very easy to make and very sweet to eat. The perfect recipe if you want something tasty, sweet, and simple, yet crowd pleasing. :)"
"I finally found a sugar cookie recipe that I like! This one is a keeper :)"
"I just made this recipe when my friend received bad news - there is nothing like a good cookie to turn a frown upside down!"
"easy recipe - tastes really good, too! I was worried it would be too sticky to form into balls, but it was just fine!"
"I used all shortening. Came out perfect! They disappeared fast."
"It's simply and delicious!"
"These are terrific cookies:) I doubled the recipe, rolled them in red & pink sugars for Valentine's day. My husband gave them his "thumbs up" stamp of approval, he's taking them to work on Monday for the shop to enjoy!"
"The best ever sugar cookies!"
"These were very easy to make and tasty. I used colored sugar to coat the cookies and they looked very festive."
"Do these cookies freeze well?"
"These are the best sugar cookies I have ever made! I love how you do not have to refrigerate the dough."
"I have been looking for this recipe. I used to make this growing up. We called them "Swedish Sugar Cookies". They are so wonderful!! They are wonderful with a big glass o cold milk to dunk them in."
"I made these today and they are excellent! I used the middle size scoop from Pampered Chef and then pressed them with a glass dipped in sugar. This made 24 3 inch cookies. I can't imagine how someone got 5 dz."
"So good, nice and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I used an "opal" sanding sugar= beautiful, simple and delicious. I agree with an earlier rating that this recipe makes about 3 dozen not the five. (I used an exact 1 inch cookie baller) so I dont think I made them too large. Enjoyable I'll be making them often."
"Roll in colored sugar to match the party, or add a few sprinkles to the top before flattening with a glass. Super easy and delicious recipe."
"my favorite cookie yet! So delicious, its a def must-try!"
"These wonderfully soft tasty sugar cookies are very simple! My 12 year old daughter made them for her 4H project and they turned out beautifully!"
"O love sugar cookies and I have been looking for a good recipe for awhile now. These are delicious! They have just the right crispiness on the outside and soft inside. Rolling them in colored sugar for the holidays would make them perfect for cookie trays and gifts.This is a keeper."
"Love these! Finally, a simple sugar cookie recipe that only requires ingredients I always have on hand in my kitchen. I love that I don't have to refridgerate the dough or roll it out. These are simple, but good."
"I loved this recipe!! 1 cup of butter instead of the 1/2 of shortening and they tasted so great. I also rolled the dough in sugar and cinnamon to make snickerdoodles. I am making them again today bc they went soo fast. Thanks!"
"My daughter loves to make these cookies! It's a kid friendly recipe."
"These cookies turned out so nice! I used bright green sugar to roll them in for Saint Patricks day. Perfect. Thanks for sharing."
"These cookies were great! I'm definitely going to start making these more often."
"Great cookie just make one batch at a time. Doesn't work out as good making multiple batches at once."
"I substituted margarine for shortening, and they came out fine. They are light and yummy! Not sure what the other 2 posts mean about cut out, mine came out as pictured using the roll and flatten method as described. My boys love them!"
"These have to be the best sugar cookies ever! I disagree with how much this makes because I get nowhere near 5.5 dozen. I get approximately 3 (a little over). Thanks for this great recipe ;)"