The ACTUAL Best Sugar Cookies

Recently a friend of mine mentioned that when searching on Pinterest for the best sugar cookies, a million results come up. Well after today there will be a million and one. 

Except these really truly are the best.

After 20 something years of decorating Christmas Cookies with my grandma, she finally forked over the recipe and I decided to make a batch of my own! 

These sugar cookies are light and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness and the frosting is rich, creamy and down right AMAZING. 

*In my opinion* the game changing ingredient in these sugar cookies is the use of sifted powdered sugar in place of granulated sugar. I have made several sugar cookie recipes in my day and this is the first recipe that I’ve ever made with powered sugar and it makes a huge difference in the texture! 

Today I doubled the recipe (we have a raw dough eating problem in our family…sorry grandma…I know, I know, we’re going to get salmonella…) 

After a few broken cookies and munching on dough we ended up with about 4 dozen good sized cookies. I will also admit to being a terrible cookie roller…I can’t ever tell when the dough is thin enough and I hardly ever get it evenly spread so I’m sure that if you’re a master roller you will get several more cookies! 

My grandma gets about 6 dozen after doubling the recipe! She is truly Betty Crocker. 

Here’s how it’s done!

What you’ll need for 1 recipe:


1 1/2 Cups Sifted Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Softened Butter

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 1/2 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Cream of Tarter

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

9 Cups (2lbs) Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup Milk

2 Teaspoon Vanilla

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Let’s get cooking!!

Step 1: Cream together butter and sifted powdered sugar. Add egg and vanilla.

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Step 2: In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and cream of tarter. Combine with wet ingredients 1 cup at a time until incorporated. Dough should be pretty thick!

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Step 3: Cover dough and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Step 4: Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 375.

Step 5: Flour surface and roll dough out to about 1/4″ (as I said, I really struggle with this part! Just do your best!) Press cookies into shapes and place  on parchment  lined cookie sheet.

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Step 6: Bake for 7-8 minutes and then allow to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to parchment paper to cool completely. (This is important. If  the cookies don’t cool a little bit before moving, it will result in several cookie ‘fatalities’.)

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Step 7: While  cookies are cooling, make frosting by creaming butter with milk and vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar.

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Step 8: Get creative! Add food coloring to the frosting and decorate with sprinkles!!!

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I can promise you that your family and friends will love these cookies! If you don’t eat them all before sharing that is!

Send me pictures of your decorated cookies!!! We always have a blast decorating cookies together. Definitely a family tradition  I plan to hold on to!

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