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perfect sugar cookies

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Becca Smith
Lexington, KY

The BEST sugar cookies you will ever make. Great for cut-outs and decorating! Depending on how thick you roll them out, they can be soft or crispy. Each time I bring these cookies somewhere new, I'm ALWAYS asked for the recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These really are the perfect sugar cookies! The cookie is not overly sweet, so whatever glaze or icing is used for decoration will sweeten it up. Depending on how thick the dough is rolled, will determine if the sugar cookie is crisp or chewy. We rolled the dough thin for a crisp cookie. If soft is what you like, roll the dough a little thicker. They're a great cut-out cookie for a holiday. Kids can help cut shapes with cookie cutters and decorate.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Convection Oven

Ingredients For perfect sugar cookies

  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3 lg
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp

How To Make perfect sugar cookies

Test Kitchen Tips
Even after being chilled, this dough is soft. Make sure to flour your work surface well.
  • Butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.
    Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
    In a separate bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add dry mixture to wet mixture.
    Add dry mixture to wet mixture in small amounts until all incorporated.
  • Dough wrapped in plastic wrap to chill.
    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (overnight is better).
  • Rolling the dough.
    Preheat oven to 325 F. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cutting dough with cookie cutters.
    Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Cut out dough on a cookie sheet.
    Place cut-out dough on a baking sheet.
  • Baking the sugar cookies.
    Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven or until the edges are barely brown.
  • Texture of the Perfect Sugar Cookies.
    Cool. Decorate. Enjoy!