How to Make Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

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Sugar cookie dough is a great way to create all sorts of interesting cookies with the same basic dough. Depending on how you cut the dough, or form certain shapes, the possibilities are endless.baked sugar cookies

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Making and Decorating Sugar Cookies with Icing


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

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Place flour, baking powder, and salt in a work bowl, whisk together to combine. Set aside.

Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light in color.

Add egg and milk and beat to combine.

Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until the dough comes together.

Place the dough on parchment paper and form into a log. Roll up in the wax paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This dough can be left in the refrigerator for the next day, or frozen for a month.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Now that the dough has harneded in the refrigerator unwrap the parchment paper and slice your cookies with a sharp knife to about 1/4 inch thick.

Lay out your sliced dough on a cookie sheet and place back in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.

Then bake for 10-14 minutes.

Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Mon May 05, 2008 7:20 pm
Name: Anonymous | Comment: thanx for the helpful info!

Mon May 05, 2008 7:21 pm
Name: Anonymous | Comment: It really tastes good!

Tue May 20, 2008 6:51 pm
Name: Ala | Comment: OMG HAT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!

Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:14 pm
Name: guest | Comment: wow it tastes so good

Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:39 pm
Name: Anonymous | Comment: Would using salted butter work

Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:09 pmthere is anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt per stick of salted butter, and this recipe calls for a total of 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

this recipe also calls for 1 cup of butter - or 2 sticks, so that would probably be too salty. but of course it would work. just don't add any extra salt.

i am sure the cookies will still come out good.

Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:08 pm
Name: anonymous | Comment: does it actually need baking powder

Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:10 pmif you do not use baking powder the cookies will not rise at all since no CO2 will be produced or released. but if you do not want to use baking powder they will still come out good, maybe a bit crunchy or dense, although they will still taste good. it is a matter of texture.

Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:39 pm
Name: | Comment: These cookies taste great. I have made some, to try it out, now I am going to increase all of the ingrediants by exactly 10 times and have 10 times the cookies. I love cookies.

Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:12 am
Name: Guest | Comment: Can you add chocolate to make it chocolate cookies?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:00 pmThis recipe is very flexible, you can add cocoa powder to make them chocolate. You can replace some of the flour with cocoa powder. For 3 cups of flour used in this recipe, use 2 1/2 cups of flour and replace with 1/2 cup cocoa powder.

If you already have the dough made then just roll in about 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and add a little milk or half and half if necessary. You could even use melted dark chocolate instead. We added multiple kinds of chocolate when we created the triple chocolate cookies. Triple Chocolate Cookies

Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:53 pm
Name: PersoninWorld | Comment:
Sounds really good. Is it?

Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:35 pm
Name: Anonymus | Comment: It looks realy good, I'm going to try it tonight for a recipe called 'Holiday Frosties'. Hope it's a success

Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:33 am
Name: Mariyah | Comment: I forgot to put them in the refridgerator!!!!!!!!!

Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:01 pm
Name: Zil | Comment: This was useful.

Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:51 pm
Name: Amber | Comment: is this italian cookies?

Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:08 pm
Name: ashley | Comment: thank you very much i been trieing to find a web site about how to make cookie dough
all day but now i found it thank you so much by.

Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:23 pm
Name: nikki | Comment: yumm me n my friends wanted cookie dough n we were looking all day n we finaly foud it n its reele good

Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:22 pm
Name: Erin:D | Comment: doo you have to put it in the fridge or can you make it and put it straight in the oven

Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:34 pmYou can try it anyway you want. The real reason to put it in the fridge is to make sure the butter is cold so it does not spread out too much in the oven.

Another option if you can't wait is to roll each cookie dough scoop in white sugar. They taste great and it seems to help keep them together better.

Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:46 pm
Name: Mic | Comment: I am pretty impressed this is perfect

Sat May 09, 2009 1:22 pm
Name: Kderrough | Comment: Lovely cookies!!!

Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:28 am
Name: axel | Comment: is this soft cookie dough....

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:32 pm
Name: Rebecca | Comment: This is so good i wanted to eat the cookie dough then and there. It works i always come here for there sugar cookies

Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:45 pm
Name: Jackie | Comment: ooh me and my friends tried this out and it turned out really good. haha. thank you. ^-^

Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:12 am
Name: ellie and theresa | Comment: WE LOVE COOKIESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:26 pm
Name: | Comment: I really injoyed following this recipe. i Made it myself at a young age and it has incouraged me.

Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:48 am
Name: | Comment: fantastic

Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:30 pm
Name: karen | Comment: how much cookies will I get from this recipe

Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:07 pm
Name: Me | Comment: I'm going to make this for my sister's birthday party.

Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:24 pm
Name: middle scooo | Comment: i did this and it worked. but the cookies a little nit hard any tips?
also i did this as a project except i used food coloring to make different cells. it was awesome.
finnally, ii ggoottt eexxxttrraa ccrreeddiitt!!!!!

Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:34 pm
Name: Jasmine | Comment: This was a good recipe. i think you did a great job. ther was a little mismatch but it was fine.

Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:18 am
Name: Jyeee | Comment: This is really good. I wanted cookie dough "Sugar cookies" wasnt the one i wanted i make it and it tastes GOOODDDD!!!! And you can add some sprinkles to give it some cool colours =]]

Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:22 pm
Name: Hope | Comment: What should you do if you want to use cookie cutters for this recipe?

Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:42 am
Name: iman | Comment: mine r now refrigerating.

Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:38 am
Name: jacob | Comment: thx! its really tasty!

Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:22 am
Name: M*A*G | Comment: Great! Mine are now in the oven! I hope they turn out good

Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:15 am
Name: Michelle | Comment: How many cookies would I get out of this recipe I want to make some Easter cookies with the kids and i have a bunch of cookie cutters???

Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:35 am
Name: mom | Comment: I am making them for my brothers basketball team and i was wondering if you could add orange dye to it

Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:41 am
Name: @ mom | Comment: you could add any food coloring to the cookie dough, no problem

Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:24 pm
Name: Z#A#L#I | Comment: ho u have to leave it in for 2 hours or can u just cook ?can u add food dye?

Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:27 pm
Name: btw | Comment: they taste bad probably cause I did not put sugar or baking powder in it can u put dye in it

Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:02 pm
Name: Mariah | Comment: cookies were great and i wanted to know can you add dye and how many pieces can you make

Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:51 pm
Name: annonum**s | Comment: i did'nt like it so much it need something else.

Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:36 pm
Name: Surgar tooth!! | Comment: Delish!!

Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:58 am
Name: precious | Comment: thankz hope it comes out gd lol x

Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:32 am
Name: omg it bob saget | Comment: i added all ingredients together and it didnt work

Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:06 pm
Name: sabrinA | Comment: IT WAS REALLY GOOD

Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:51 pm
Name: SugarSweet | Comment: These taste wonderful---My kids loved them!

Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:52 pm
Name: Faith | Comment: I'm going to try these tonight. I hope it tastes great. :]

Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:46 am
Name: bla bla | Comment: horble cookies i put the cookies in the oven and they fell apaet

Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:47 am
Name: santa | Comment: not even santa likes them

Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:29 pm
Name: jonea | Comment: Thank u for poasting this cookie dough recipe i had a great time making it and i cant wait to see my familys face when they eat it for thanksgiving

Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:56 am
Name: Sara | Comment: Could we use salted butter?????

Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:45 am
Name: john | Comment: Yes, look at the earlier comment

Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:11 pm
Name: Rduncan3 | Comment: Just a tablespoon of milk wasn't enough for me, it was too powdery so I added a couple more splashed of milk and it was doughy. Its sitting in the fridge now and I'm hoping it turns out good!

Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:10 pm
Name: | Comment:

Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:25 am
Name: rick | Comment: can you substitute margarine for the butter?

Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:35 pm
Name: Jimbo Billybob Banjo | Comment: Do we need parchment paper?

Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:41 am
Name: Michele | Comment: I've made these twice and both times the cookies came out great! I made both Halloween and Christmas cookies (cookie cutters). I found the dough to be very powdery/hard both both, so I think I'll try adding a little more milk next time like Rduncan3 suggested. Oh, and I didn't use parchment paper and had no problem (I used plastic wrap).

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Name: zhane | Comment: wow it came out so perfect

Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:15 pm
Name: martha | Comment: wonderful flavor

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Name: Kara | Comment: I didn't if there was any answer to how many cookies this made and if how many drops of food coloring?

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Name: Kara | Comment: I didn't if there was any answer to how many cookies this made and if how many drops of food coloring?

Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:33 pm
Name: kayla | Comment: how many carbs and calores

Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:35 pm
Name: sarah | Comment: yah how many carbs and caleros becus i love love love cookies but i am on a diet

Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:03 pm
Name: stewart | Comment: just add up the calorie/carb totals of the ingredients if you really want to know the info.

Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:25 pm
Name: dominic | Comment: what happen if you dont have the powdered sugar can i use anything else

Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:12 pm
Name: paul | Comment: you could always grind regular sugar up to a fine powder in a food processor

Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:25 pm
Name: Anonymous | Comment: sooo cool

Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:38 am
Name: | Comment:

Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:10 am
Name: George | Comment: thanks for the cookies

Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:25 am
Name: lexi | Comment: i was going to try and make the cookies , but them i got bored..... so i didnt. :) but thax for the recipe anyway:)

Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:20 am
Name: awesome | Comment: it didn't work

Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:35 am
Name: kim | Comment: great it was really easy and awesome

Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:45 am
Name: | Comment: how much ingredients can i use if im using 4 teaspoons of butter?

Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:39 pm
Name: | Comment: thanks for the info really eled

Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:54 pm
Name: hi | Comment:

i haven't tried it yet but i cant wait to see how it works. i will later tell you how it turned out. soooooooooooo uuntill then...BYE see u later SMILE JESUS LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:54 am
Name: :D Comment: Do u leave it in the fridge for 2 hours then take it out to use?

Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:16 pm
Name: Pie Girl!!! Comment: Hey I have made surgar cookies before with this recipe and i have a little tip i guess u would say so before the cookies come out of the oven have a plate or bowl or wat ever filled with sugar and cinnamon and then right wen the cookies come out of the oven sprinkle that on it and it taste realy good.๐Ÿ‘

Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:27 pm
Name: Comment: and the only reason u put the sugar and the cinnamon right after the cookies come out of the oven so the sugar and cinnamon wont go every where wen u eat the cookies

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