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stacked sugar cookies

Classic Sugar Cookies

Julie Blanner
Easy and amazing sugar cookies made with staple ingredients in minutes. This sugar cookie recipe is versatile and results in perfect cookies, every time.
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 196 kcal


  • cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add vanilla and eggs. Mix until just combined.
  • Gradually fold dry mixture into wet mixture. 
  • Scoop or roll into 1¼” balls (medium cookie scoop). Drop onto cookie sheet. Optional: press a glass into sugar and press each cookie.
  • Bake 8 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute. Transfer to cooling rack.



  • Don't over mix
  • Use a cookie scoop for consistent size and shape
  • Don't overbake 

Decorations and Variations

  • Use white granulated sugar, sparkling sugar or non-pareils to press.
  • Top with buttercream and use writing icing.
  • Fold sprinkles into the dough just before baking.
  • Use almond, orange, or lemon extract to change the flavor profile.
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of white granulated sugar with brown sugar for a hint of caramel flavor and color.

To Store

  • At Room Temperature - Bring to room temperature. Store in an airtight container up to 5 days. Should cookies become hard or crunchy, add a slice of bread. The cookies will absorb the moisture and become soft again.
  • Freeze - Bring to room temperature. Store stacked in an airtight container and place in a freezer bag to prevent odors from seeping in. Store up to 6 months frozen. Bring to room temperature to enjoy.


Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 330IUCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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