Make the Perfect Sugar Cookie

Sugar cookies are a classic. A truly perfect sugar cookie tastes great alone, but can also be decorated with frosting, candies, sprinkles, etc.

Make The Perfect Sugar Cookies ~

Over the years, I have tried many, many different sugar cookie recipes, but none created the perfect sugar cookie that I wanted. There was always something a little off. Each recipe produced cookies with some flaw – some recipes made cookies that were either too crunchy or under baked (there didn’t seem to be a middle ground). Others created cookies that were too bland to eat without covering them in frosting. Still others were too chewy to work well with frosting.

Finally, I decided to go “off recipe,” and managed to create the perfect sugar cookies.You can roll them out nice and thick, and still create a cookie with just the right amount of crunch. They bake to the perfect light brown color – no over browning here! The lemon extract gives a subtle boost to the flavor, so they really are delicious by themselves. But, as you can see, they are also a lot of fun to decorate!

Make The Perfect Sugar Cookies ~

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The Perfect Sugar Cookie
  • 3½ cups AP flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
Mix Dough
  1. In a small bowl, sift together (or combine with a whisk or fork) flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
  2. Using a mix, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Mix in egg, and then add vanilla and lemon extract.
  4. Add dry ingredients (from step 1) about 1 cup at a time.
  5. When all dry ingredients are incorporated, form dough into a ball. If it is not smooth, you can knead it with your hands until it is. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Cut and Bake Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge, and separate it into 4 pieces for easier rolling.
  3. Place one piece of dough between two pieces of parchment or wax paper. You can also flour your work surface and rolling pin, but I prefer to use wax paper or parchment to keep the dough from sticking.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a ¼ inch thick sheet. I like to use rolling pin spacers to ensure that the dough is the same thickness all over.
  5. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Place cookies on a cookie sheet covered with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 7-11 minutes. In my oven, the cookies are perfectly cooked at 9 minutes, however, ovens vary.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
  8. Eat plain or use your favorite frosting to decorate them.

Do you like to decorate sugar cookies? What are your favorite toppings/decorations?


  1. says

    My mom makes the perfect sugar cookie, but I admit I just don’t have the patience to bake. Or to bake well, I guess. I get so frustrated when the cut outs don’t look like anything other than a blob and frosting- I should just pay someone! 🙂

  2. says

    I have all but given up on making cookies. Since I moved to Colorado, I have yet to master baking at elevation. it makes me so sad. But I love looking at all the great looking cookies people have posted!

  3. says

    I never had much luck with sugar cookies. I did try a recipe this year that was no chill and they turned out pretty good but they needed frosting to help with the flavor.

  4. says

    I “cheated” & hired out for desserts this year. It made hosting both sides of the family somewhat easier – – there are a few less things to worry about.

    I will have to try these when I am feeling adventurous.
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