Wondering how to make sugar cookies? Everyone has a different idea of the perfect sugar cookies. Here you’ll find descriptions and sugar cookie recipes for everyone!
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You really just can’t go wrong with sugar cookies. Many people run to chocolate, caramel or fruit when they want to make a dessert, but sugar cookies are classic…timeless. You can make cut out sugar cookies, drop sugar cookies, crispy sugar cookies, or soft, chewy sugar cookies. Cookies with sprinkles or colored sugar…cookies with buttercream frosting. Cookies for lunchboxes or dressed up for Mother’s Day. There is no end to the possibilities!
Sugar cookie recipes are plentiful, but we’ve gathered together our best recipes so that you’ll have everything you need when the sweet tooth comes calling.
Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Cut out sugar cookies are ideal for holidays and special occasions because you can make them just about any shape you’d like. It’s important to have a good pastry mat and rolling pin so that the dough rolls out easily.
- Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies: These are one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes for cutting special shapes. Even after baking they hold their shape well. They stay soft and freeze well also.
Soft Sugar Cookies
I’m a sucker for soft cookies so it won’t surprise you that most of our sugar cookie recipes are soft and chewy.
- Bakery Style Sugar Cookies: When I think bakery cookie, I think extra large and thick, with a sprinkling of sugar. With this recipe, we show you how to get your sugar cookies to look and taste like they are from a bakery.
Easy Sugar Cookies
- Pillsbury Copycat Sugar Cookies: These are probably the easiest recipe we have for from-scratch, traditional sugar cookies. They mix up easily, stay soft and chewy, and get great reviews. You’ll find they taste similar to, but better than Pillsbury refrigerated cookies.
- Refrigerator Sugar Cookies: If you like to buy sugar cookie dough in a tube at the store, why not make it at home? Whip up the dough, roll it into a log, then wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for several weeks if you’d like, but once you know that dough is in your fridge you’ll have a hard time resisting pulling it out!
Flavored Sugar Cookie Recipes
- Lemon Sugar Cookies: We took our basic sugar cookie recipe and turned it into a lemon cookie that will make your taste buds dance!
- Almond Sugar Cookies: These are egg free and look so pretty coated in colored sugar.
- Chai Sugar Cookies: Like snickerdoodles, but chai flavored. You’ll love them with a cup of tea!
- Brown Sugar Butter Cookies: If there is one new cookie you make, this should be it. Mouthwatering and easier than ever.
Tools To Make Sugar Cookies
If you’re making sugar cookies, you want it to go quickly and easily! Here are some of our favorite tools.
- Stand Mixer: A hand mixer will work, but I always find it easier to make cookie dough with a stand mixer.
- Beater Blade with Scraper: The best invention ever!
- Silpat: For all of your non-stick, cookie-making needs. This is in the top 3 must-have kitchen tools. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
- Baking Sheet: I like to use flat baking sheets for easy removing baked goods easily.
- Pastry Mat: This silicone mat keeps your cupboard clean and makes rolling out pastries so easy.
- Wire Cooling Racks: This will help your cookies cool more quickly.
- Cookie Plate Set: Display your homemade cookies in style. Everyone thinks this cookie plate is adorable!
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
Many of these cookie recipes make great freezer cookies, either before or after baking. You can read all about freezing cookie dough here.