Ultimate Sugar Cookies

These Sugar Cookies are buttery, soft, chewy and are the perfect cut out sugar cookie recipe! It even holds its shape after baking!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Cookies, cut out cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 93 kcal
Author Lauren


  • 2 sticks salted butter cold & cut into chunks
  • 1 c granulated sugar {or vanilla sugar}
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 3 c unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, extracts and vanilla bean. In a small bowl stir flour and baking powder together. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients. 

  3. Roll dough out onto floured surface to be just over 1/4" thick. Cut cookies out using cookie cutters and place onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. 

  4. Freeze 5-7 minutes, then bake 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms have lightly browned but edges are still light in color. Cool 3 minutes on baking sheet, then remove to cooling racks. Decorate as desired.

Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.