Homemade Sugar Cookies Recipe shown on plate with blue tablecloth

Sugar Cookies

This rolled sugar cookie recipe proves that holiday traditions can be fun and delicious.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, holidays, kids, sugar cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 176 kcal
Author Cultured Palate


For Cookie Dough

  • 1 c butter
  • 2/3 c raw sugar
  • 1 egg farm fresh
  • 1 tsp vanilla almond or lemon favoring may also be substituted - make your own!
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For Colored Sugar Sprinkles

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 - 6 drops food coloring adjust to desired color

For Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk more if needed for desired consistency


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add and beat the egg and vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour and salt together.
  4. Add to the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Chill the dough for 3 - 4 hours before rolling it out. We usually refrigerate it overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Flour area to be used for rolling out the cookies. Use as little flour as possible to prevent dry cookies.
  8. Place dough on floured area and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Again, use flour to prevent sticking during rolling, but as little as possible.
  9. Cut into desired shapes.
  10. Decorate with colored sugar sprinkles if desired. Mix sugar and food coloring - sprinkle on cookies.

  11. Place cookies on greased cookie sheet
  12. Bake at 350F for 10 -12 minutes or until firm. 

  13. Allow to cool before decorating with powdered sugar icing. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Add more milk if necessary for desired consistency. Thinner icing can be drizzled. Thicker icing can be piped or spread with a knife.

Recipe Notes

Some Fun Tips For Making Homemade Sugar Cookies
Nutrition Facts
Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (3 cookies)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.