BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
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BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

These sugar cookies are the absolute best cookie recipe you'll ever make. They will melt in your mouth! These are the perfect Valentines Day, Christmas, or any day cookie recipe that will taste as good as they look!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, christmas recipes, cookie recipes, cookies, dessert, holiday recipes, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Beth Gorden


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Blend together powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg.
  • Next, stir in baking soda, cream of tartar, and flour.
  • You will have a dry dough. You can refrigerate for 2 hours if you want easier to handle dough and have the time. If not they can be rolled out right away.
  • Dust your counter with powdered sugar or flour. Using hands squish dough together and then place on prepared counter. Using rolling pin to roll out cookies – keeping dough nice and thick (1/4” thick) for soft cookies. Cut out and place on cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes for soft cookies, 10-12 minutes for crunchier cookies. Do not remove from cookie sheet until set (they may not look done at 8 minutes, but they are!) After 5-6 minutes carefully remove and put on wire racks to cool.
  • To ice mix 2 TAB softened butter, 1/2 teas almond extract, and 3 cups powdered sugar. This will go on smooth and set up nicely to form a dry to touch smooth icing.