The Perfect Sugar Cookie

Tonight, I’m sharing my family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe.  


The dough is made with powdered sugar, which makes it super soft and a complete cookie-dough-eating-worthy-snack.

Also, the bell shaped cookie cutters we used below are currently on sale for $1.48!  You can find them here. 


1 cup unsalted butter softened 

1 ½ cup powdered sugar

1 egg medium sized

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon baking soda 

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar together with an electric mixer. Once mixed, add the egg, vanilla, almond extract, and baking soda and continue to stir on medium speed. Once incorporated, turn the mixer down to low speed and add the flour in one cup portions. When the flour disappears, turn off the mixer and transfer the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until it forms a solid ball. If dough is sticky, add additional flour while kneading (do not be afraid to add 1/4-1/2 cup more flour while kneading if sticky).
  2. Next, on a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 3/8 to 1/2 inch thickness. The thinner you go, the faster they will bake & the crispier they will be. Our family likes them to be thick and soft, so I keep them around 3/8 inch thick and use our favorite cookie cutters.  The ones we used from the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line at Target can be found here. 
  3. As you are cutting them out, transfer them to a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between them (to allow them to spread). Cover and refrigerate cut out cookie dough for 1-2 hours. (For more intricate cut out shapes, I highly recommend this refrigeration step. For regular circle cookies, refrigerating is not as important, but will result in a cookie that does not spread as much. For intricate shapes, I cut out the cookie shapes first and then refrigerate the entire trays. This helps so you do not have to work with a cold chunk of dough.)
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned. Do not worry if they look underbaked, as they will continue to bake on the hot cookie sheet after it comes out of the oven.
  5. Cool and frosting of your choice. Our family favorite buttercream frosting recipe is below.


Buttercream Frosting

1 stick softened, salted butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1/4 cup milk

Combine all ingredients in a bowl & blend with a hand mixer.






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