No Fail Sugar Cookie for Perfect Results Everytime

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.


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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

You’ll Need:
2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups granulated white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract or Almond extract (your choice)
6 cups all-purpose flour (30 ounces)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture, mixing at low speed until flour is completely incorporated and the dough forms a ball.
  4. Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)
  5. Preheat Oven to 350 F
  6. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake on cool, ungreased baking sheet, then bake 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.

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Tips-n-Tricks for Rolling Out Dough Without Any Mess

πŸͺ 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.

πŸͺ 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.

πŸͺ 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

πŸͺ 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.

πŸͺ Sprinkle flour lightly over the rolled out dough and over the embossed rolling pin as well.

πŸͺ If the dough is sticking to the embossing rolling pin, add more flour.

πŸͺ Do not add oil to the rolling pin to prevent sticking, this will cause sticking.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.


  1. Great Tips, thanks.
    Do you put flour or oil on your embossed rolling pin before rolling to keep dough from sticking in the grooves?

    Can you please share tips for using an embossed rolling pin? I just bought 4 of these beauties & I’m a bit intimidated. πŸ˜‰

  2. I made your recipe exactly and it was dry and crumbled. I still have it what can I do to improve it/ make it softer tomwork with? ThanksπŸ˜€ Lori

  3. I have been trying to use the embossed rolling pin a few times and have not been successful. I’m gonna try this recipe and hopefully it works. Any pointers before I start? Thanks somuch

  4. This is by far the best sugar Christmas Cookie recipe!! Mine turned out wonderful! I used the Almond extract. Definitely my lifetime recipe πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈπŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈπŸͺ

  5. Hello, I have 2 questions. I am unable to locate the first embossing rolling pin you’ve shown in your recipe. The link shows other models. Is this no longer available? Also, a couple people have asked you about pointers in using the embossing rolling pin, but you didn’t reply. Did you make the embossed cookies yourself and photographed them..or are you using stock photos. Would appreciate some tips of how to use the rolling pin, but am concerned since others had difficulty in getting it to work. Thanks!

    • To help locate the correct pin, There’s a direct link to each of the embossing pins under the photos. Or you can actually just click on the photo itself.

      We’ve added pointers on how to use embossing pins properly to achieve the best results. Happy Holidays!

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