This no-fail sugar cookie recipe is a family favorite and perfect for those who have had trouble getting a decent sugar cookie. These cookies hold their shape perfectly and do not spread, so they won’t ruin the designs of intricate cookie cutters as they bake.
The problem we’ve found with many sugar cookie recipes is that the dough is often too sticky and ends up needing additional flour to roll it out, or that the cookie spreads during the baking process causing thin, overly crunchy cookies, or if you’ve used a cookie cutter with intricate designs, the design “melts”.
This is a recipe our family has used for years, it’s a tried and true no-fail perfect sugar cookie recipe, so long as you follow the directions. We do not recommend substituting ingredients, which means, NO you cannot use Margarine or other butter substitutes in place of the real Unsalted butter- or your recipe will not work. Margarine is NOT the same as butter and cannot be used interchangeably with decent results.
No Fail Sugar Cookie Recipe
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Combine the dry ingredients and add a little at a time to the butter mixture, mixing at low speed until flour is completely incorporated and the dough forms a ball.
- Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)
- Preheat Oven to 350 F
- Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes.
- Bake on a cool, ungreased baking sheet, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.
Tips-n-Tricks for Rolling Out Dough Without Any Mess
🍪 If you’re in a hurry or don’t want flour all over the counter, place the dough between two large sheets of parchment paper or between two silpats, then roll it out to the thickness that you prefer.
🍪 Slide the parchment sheet containing the rolled dough onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate. Repeat until all the dough is rolled and chilling. Alternatively, you can create an embossed design using these rolling pins.
🍪 Cut with cookie cutters and bake, not need to remove the dough from the parchment paper first!
Tips-n-Tricks for Using an Embossing Rolling Pin
🍪 When rolling out the dough, use a normal (smooth) rolling pin first to get the dough to the desired thickness. The embossing pin is for imprinting a design only.
🍪 Sprinkle flour lightly over the rolled out dough and over the embossed rolling pin as well.
🍪 If the dough is sticking to the embossing rolling pin, add more flour.
🍪 Do not add oil to the rolling pin to prevent sticking, this will cause sticking.
Stained Glass Cookies
If you’d like you can make stained glass cookies by cutting out cookies, then use smaller cookie cutters to cut out additional shapes, such as the heart of a gingerbread man, or star within a star, etc. Place an unwrapped jolly rancher candy in the center, then bake as directed above.