The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe!

Cut out homemade Sugar Cookies that have a crisp edge and the softest center!  Topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting and sprinkles this is a tried and true family sugar cookie recipe!  You will agree that they are the BEST! 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookie Recipe

I sure do love sugar cookies!  If a neighbor brings me over a plate of sugar cookies with frosting they will instantly become my new BFF.  What is it about a fresh baked sugar cookie with frosting that is so delicious?

I have had a lot of sugar cookies in my day.  Some are way to crisp and not soft enough on the inside.  I love this recipe because it is the best of both worlds.  A little crisp on the outside, but not too crisp, and they have the softest center!  The edges don’t expand while baking and they come out looking in the perfect shape.

The recipe is a pretty basic and traditional sugar cookie recipe.  The dough comes together in a matter of minutes.  But I found that the secret to the best sugar cookie is added almond extract.  The almond extract add such a rich and delicious almond flavor making them absolutely perfect.

How do you make sugar cookies?

  • In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth and creamy for about one minute. Add the sugar and continue to beat until creamy for about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and continue to beat until incorporated.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture and continue to beat until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball and chill in the fridge for one hour and can be chilled overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough out to desired thickness (mine were 1/4 inch thick) and cut with cookie cutters. Transfer to baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes or until just set. I like mine more soft so I cooked mine for 8 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until it is smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cookies.

Homemade Sugar Cookies

How to make sugar cookies

Do I have to chill the sugar cookie dough?

The dough does require an hour of chilling time.  So go change and fold some laundry or get caught up on a netflix show. 🙂  They are ready to be rolled out and cut into perfect and cute sugar cookies.

My kids love to help make sugar cookies and we loved spending some time in the kitchen making cookies together.  We ate way to many cookies to count and had fun delivering them to friends.

How long do sugar cookies last after baking?

Store your cookies in an airtight container.  They will last for up to a week.

Best Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe

These cookies are perfect for your Valentine’s Day festivities and are so good that you will want to make them throughout the year!  This will become your favorite go to sugar cookie recipe that you will make again and again.

You are going to quickly agree that they are the best!  Trust me.  I made sure by eating at least 3! ?

Recipe for Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe

The Best Sugar Cookies Ever!

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Cut out Sugar Cookies that have a crisp edge and the softest center! Topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting and sprinkles this is a tried and true family recipe! You will agree that they are the BEST!
Course Dessert

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • food coloring if desired

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth and creamy for about one minute. Add the sugar and continue to beat until creamy for about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and continue to beat until incorporated.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture and continue to beat until the dough comes together. Form the dough into a ball and chill in the fridge for one hour and can be chilled overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough out to desired thickness (mine were 1/4 inch thick) and cut with cookie cutters. Transfer to baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until just set. I like mine more soft so I cooked mine for 8 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the cream cheese frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until it is smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cookies.

Recipe Notes

Originally published 2016

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. They were in a multi pack of sprinkles with Valentine’s Day Colors. I got them from our local grocery store and they were Betty Crocker. I hope this helps! 🙂

  1. OMG I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! ITS SO DELICIOUS AND HAS THE PERFECT FLAVOR! I personally made royal icing to go on top and omg it was da bomb! Thanks so much!

  2. Great recipe! I will say–this made an insane amount of icing. I made 3/4 of the recipe, knowing I don’t like thick icing. I used less than half of what I made. Thanks for the recipe! My daughter and I made these into christmas cookies.

  3. do i leave uncovered in frided or in a sealed container or wrapped ? im gonna wrap in tinfoil this time se how that works…this is first time i have made cookies from scratch 🙂

  4. Hello. I’m making these for the first time, and so far, so good. However, I won’t be frosting them until tomorrow, but I already made the frosting. Can I leave the frosting in the fridge overnight?

  5. HOW DO YOU GET THESE TO COME OUT CRISPY ALL THE WAY THROUGH—NOT SURE BUT I THINK MY MOM LEFT THEM IN THE REFRIG. OVERNIGHT AND THATS HOW I THINK THEY WERE SO CRISPY AND TASTED SO GOOD WITH COFFEE—WHAT TO DO???
    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
    RICHARD BRAGG

    1. The refrigerator is okay to do. I would just recommend leaving them out to room temperature when getting ready to bake. You can lower the temperature on the over to 325* and cook for the same amount of time or cook them for a few minutes shorter and leave them on the cookie sheet until they have cooled. Hope that helps! XOXO

  6. This has now become my go to sugar cookie recipe it’s absolutely delicious. So soft yet crispy. Look forward to trying out your other recipes.

  7. Very good sugar cookie following recipe precisely. Mine needed more baking time to have a golden finish on the bottom, but still have a soft inside. About 12 minutes. Frosting was a huge waste producing 3X amount needed for basic (one color) frosting.

    1. Degrees can be referred to Celsius or Fahrenheit. If you bake a lot of cookies, you would know that 350 is referred to Fahrenheit.

  8. These sound excellent! Does the icing get hard enough that you can stack them? With cream cheese in the icing, do they need to be refrigerated?

  9. Hi Alyssa,

    I have made a few of your recipes over time and they’re always a big hit with my family, so I’m excited to bake these cookies for Valentine’s Day! I just had a question about how to store them once they’re iced. Do they stay soft in the middle once stored in the refrigerator? Thanks 🙂

  10. I just tried your recipe with my daughter and they are awesome. The taste and texture are perfect. Definitely will do these for her birthday party in July. Thank you for sharing.


  11. Best sugar cookies ever!!!!!
    To change it up, could you substitute lemon extract for the almond extract? If so, would you still use the vanilla?


  12. These are also good with a small amount of fresh lemon zest added in:)

    Thanks for sharing all your great stuff..

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