These are the perfect basic cookies for decorating. If you like, reduce the vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. To decorate, use our Royal Icing recipe.
- 1 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 2/3 cups Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 1/2 cups Flour, Sifted
Butter and Sugar
Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling, so the dough is easy to roll, and won't spread during baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4" thick and cut with your favorite Ann Clark cookie cutters, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until lightly colored. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with Royal Icing (from our recipes) or buttercream, or eat plain.
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Mar 9, 2023 | By Shelby Herren
These cookies are so good. They bake up nice and soft. I have made this recipe many times now. I am now going to try some of the others listed on the site.
Love this so much!
Mar 10, 2023 | By Thomas
The quality is top notch, and I appreciate that it is made in USA
Perfect, Reliable, Delicious
Dec 22, 2022 | By Carissa
I made these again for approximately the 20th time. We do a bake sale for our music school, and a double batch made about 40 large cookies (the large musical note shape). We sold them for $3 each, and they were gone in about half an hour (some families bought a bunch at a time)! I work full time and still have time to make these over the course of a few days (for drying, etc.). I think I might make these every week.
Best Sugar Cookies!
Nov 23, 2022 | By MARY EVE
I've been using this recipe for years. I hold workshops for the Mini 4-H members in our county and these cookies are the treat they enjoy at the end of the programs. So easy and they hold the cutter's shape well. Have substituted lemon or almond flavorings for the vanilla. Still delicious!
best sugar cookie ever
Oct 23, 2022 | By Mary McMahon
I've been baking for years and came across this recipe when I bought the cutters. It's fabulous. great texture, and taste. thanks
Jan 24, 2022 | By Kathleen P
This is the first recipe I've used that made perfectly shaped, flat cookies with no spread! These are my new go-to cookies.
Apr 1, 2021 | By sandra
EASY for non-bakers
Feb 25, 2021 | By Jess
These turned out perfect. I trialed store bought dough first and these are way easier and better. I put dough in freezer mid way while rolling out to re-cool and stiffen dough.
Easy and delicious sugar cookies for rolling
Feb 21, 2021 | By Molly M.
This is a very simple and successful recipe for rolled-out cookies.
Mar 30, 2021 | By Julian
sugar cookie recipe
Feb 14, 2021 | By kary
this has been my go to sugar cookie recipe for close to 20 years... simple, yummy , never fails...making some now.. thank you! ( purchase my Ann Clark cutters at West End Nursery in San Rafael...
Feb 6, 2021 | By Yasmin
This is a great recipe. It's easy to follow, easy to make and taste great!
Hands down my favorite sugar cookie!
Dec 18, 2020 | By Enza Whtiing
Hi have been using your recipe for years and I think this is absolutely the best recipe for sugar cookies! These Cookies are tender and tasty enough that you can eat them unfrosted, but go ahead and put the frosting on because it is fabulous! These go fast in my house! Who would have thought that I would find the best recipe attached to a cookie cutter! Thank you!
Fantastic Cookies for Decorating
Nov 13, 2020 | By Christina Rees
These cookies were easy to make, rolled out without a problem, and baked perfectly flat for decorating! The baking time was perfect for 1/4" cookies. I couldn't be more pleased with how these turned out!
Sugar cookie recipe
Oct 12, 2020 | By Carolyn
The best recipe!!!! Very forgiving and easy to roll!