My Favorite Sugar Cookies

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My Favorite Sugar CookiesEach year about this time, I start getting emails about holiday cookies. Many of them want my favorite sugar recipe and other are about things like how to keep cookies from spreading in the oven and keeping their shape.

When it comes to getting the perfect sugar cookie I’ve got a few tips. You’ll notice that my sugar cookie recipe has no baking powder in it and there are basically two reasons for that. First, the baking powder causes the cookie to puff and spread when they’re baking. If you have an intricately shaped cookie, you’ll lose some definition. Sure, your cookie will be a little more dense, but I bet you won’t notice much. Also, I’ve found that the cookies without baking powder are easier to decorate because they don’t break as easily. The other thing that I can recommend about creating the perfect sugar cookie is keeping the dough COLD. I make my dough and then wrap it in wax paper and refrigerate it for at least an hour (but preferably longer). Then I break the dough into quarters and only use a small amount at a time, keeping the other dough in the fridge. Keeping the dough cold will make them easier to cut out and transfer to a baking sheet. If you’re dough gets too warm and starts stretching and tearing easily, just ball it up and put it back in the fridge. Also, be sure to allow your cookie sheets to cool before you use them again. Otherwise, the cookies will start to spread before they make it into the oven.

When decorating, I prefer to use royal icing because of the taste and because it sets up hard so you can stack the cookies. I simply mix it up, divide into bowls, color it with gel based food colorings, and then decorate the cookies with a piping bag and assorted colored sugars.

My Favorite Sugar Cookies
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Serves: As many as 60 cookies depending on size
  • 2 cups butter (4 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs, extracts, and salt, mix well. Add the flour gradually, stirring well. Cover or wrap dough and chill for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Divide dough into quarters and work with one quarter at a time, keeping the other refrigerated. Roll out on floured surface to about a ¼ thickness. Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. Transfer cut-outs to a cool cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, or until set but not browned. Cool and decorate with royal icing.
Royal Icing
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  • 3 oz pasteurized egg whites (I used All Whites)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. In a large bowl, beat together whites and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing well. Once all the sugar is incorporated, beat for two minutes on high or until smooth and glossy. Color using gel based food colorings.
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  1. Gingersnaps are my favorite holiday treat!

  2. Snowball cookies are the best and simple to make…..

  3. Sheila Shapley says:

    This year I am all about gingerbread.

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  5. Favorite is coconut or peanut butter balls

  6. Danielle Dykman says:

    I love fudge! And trying new flavors.

  7. Have to say that good old fashioned fudge is my favorite holiday treat!

  8. I am a Southern girls so pralines and fudge are my most faves!

  9. Tollhouse chocolate chip pie

  10. Today I am trying your Red Velvet Truffles.

  11. Magic cookie bars

  12. I’m happy with a box cake, but your Oreo delight is great anytime of year!

  13. Katrina Dauzat says:

    My favorite cookie is my mom’s Gingersnaps. Oh my and she is going to be with me this Christmas, so just maybe she will treat me to some homemade goodness!

    Love Pampered Chef! and Thank you for the tips on making Sugar Cookies!

  14. I love fresh coconut cake. But I never really met any sweet I didn’t like. And does Dec. have 32 days this year? Just messing with you. πŸ™‚ Can I just substitute meringue powder for the egg whites in the icing? Thanks for the giveaway. Love Pampered Chef.

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  16. Oatmeal raisin chocolate chip pecan – yes, all in one cookie.

  17. Elaine Osteen says:

    Chocolate covered peanuts are easy and delicious!

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  19. Becky Sherman says:

    Egg nog pounds cake with egg nog glaze is on the top of my list of Christmas treats!

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    I just “liked” The Pampered Chef Facebook page, too!


    MY mom’s fruit cake cookies! My friends even beg for them!!

  22. Fave cookie especially at holidays is iced sugar of course. My son loves loves loves anything peanut butter though – during this three deployments I have sent him Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and bars, peanut butter balls and peanut butter cookies

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  25. My favorite Christmas recipe this year has been a Peppermint Cake. Yummy!!

    And I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook.

  26. Snowball Cookies! They have the texture of a shortbread and are delish with nuts & chocolate chips in them. Yum!

  27. My favorite Christmas cookies were the molasses cookies baked by my grandmother.

  28. Dark chocolate fudge with raisins and pecans.

  29. I gave Pampered Chef a like on FB

  30. Fav is Oreo Balls!

  31. I “like” Pampered Chef on Facebook!

  32. Angela Steele says:

    Love oatmeal raisin cookies or peanut butter balls this time of year.

  33. coconut cake

  34. Angela Steele says:

    Liked the Pampered Chef on Facebook

  35. Making sugar cookies with the grandkids.

  36. Pampered Chef truly pampers the chef (or cook in my case)

  37. I love making blueberry pie with fresh berries from the garden!

  38. Fudge, it’s a tradition!

  39. Liked it =) Can’t wait to try your cookie recipe!

  40. A new favorite at our house are the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffle!

  41. I also Liked the Pampered Chef on Facebook

  42. I like the Dirty Snowballs that a friend of mine’s bakery makes.

  43. I liked Papered Chef on Facebook.

  44. Judith Froat says:

    Will be making your favorite sugar cookies tomorrow. Like the pappered chef on facebook.

  45. Rebecca Plokhooy says:

    I liked Pampered Chef on Facebook.

    I like Choc cake with cream cheese icing and broken candy canes to decorate with.

  46. Red Velvet Cake

  47. We enjoy anything “sweet” . . . chocolate chip cokies, chocolate cake w/cream cheese frosting, 7 layer cookie bars, wonderful oatmeal cake . . . the list goes on & on! Merry Christmas to everyone!

  48. Sugar cookies are my favorite at Christmas too!

  49. paulette atkins hicks says:

    I love decorated gingerbread cookies. I’ve been baking some and handing them out to my grand daughters friends. They love them! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

  50. tonya viola says:

    I love snickerdoodle cookies at the holidays.

  51. I love to make good old’ Southern Tea Cakes for Christmas. My family loves them!

  52. I “liked” the Pampered Chef Facebook page, too!

  53. The sugar cookies look so good. The Pampered Chef stuff looks fun, too.

  54. Martha Furr says:

    Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!!!

  55. Divinity

  56. I love whipped shortbread – so easy!

  57. I like The Pamered Chef on Facebook.

  58. Divinity & spritz cookies

  59. I love to make old fashioned cut out sugar coookies

  60. I “liked” The Pampered Chef on their fb page!!

  61. This year just doing Gingerbread cookies. Pampered Chef has some awesome stuff! Just saw too much that I want and it’s too late to let Santa know!

  62. Jennifer Neyland says:

    I love the Ritz cracker candy

  63. Jennifer Neyland says:

    I liked The Pampered Chef on Facebook!

  64. Pecan Balls

  65. anne harris says:

    nut triangle bars.

  66. My favorite holiday dessert is the classic Red Velvet Cake!

  67. I “liked” Pampered Chef on Facebook

  68. Biscotti. I love biscotti. Oh, and snickerdoodles, too. And sugar cookies. OK, I love just about any type of cookie lol.

  69. divinity!!!

  70. Linda Moharsky says:

    Love Snickerdoodles!!!

  71. DARLENE EPPS says:


  72. Misty Corrales says:

    Nothing beats a good Gingerbread cookie, but I truly love a gingerbread house. And they are NOT just for decoration. Eat the beast!

  73. It’s a difficult pick between peanut butter fudge and 7-layer bars.

  74. I like Pampered Chef on FB

  75. Cheryl Dugger says:

    I liked The Pampered Chef and can’t wait to try this Sugar Cookie recipe sounds wonderful!!!

  76. Love to bake a Hummingbird cake for the holidays. I like Pampered Chef on FB.

  77. My favorite Christmas treat is my Mom’s fudge!

  78. German Sweet Chocolate Cake is my Christmas favorite. Great thing Pampered Chef is doing.

  79. I also have liked “The Pampered Chef on Facebook”.

  80. My Mother’s spritz cookies with icing & sprinkles. She’s 82 & still makes them for everyone.

  81. I love making pizzels!

  82. I just “liked” pampered chef on Facebook!

  83. LaVenia Clark says:

    My favorite Christmas treat is Red Velvet Cake!!

  84. LaVenia Clark says:

    I liked the Pampered Chef FB page

  85. Julie Fossum says:

    I liked the Pampered Chef FB page. Love the cookies and The Pampered Chef Baking Bundle.

  86. Red Velvet Cake is the all time favorite to make. I make lots of other goodies also.

  87. Kathy Stewart says:

    Ive been making Sugar Cookies for two days now, My family is eating them faster then I can make them!

  88. I make my husband’s favorite cookies every year, snowballs!

  89. Iced sugar cookies are my favorite but mine always break. I’ll have to try this recipe!

  90. Kathy Stewart says:

    Yeaaa…I liked Pampered Chef on facebook!
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  91. I like my grandma’s butter tarts, fudge, gingersnaps — things I typically only have during Christmas!

  92. donna Eisnaugle says:

    I love no bake cookies! Hope to win!

  93. I love a good sugar cookie. ( Cheryl’s Cookies are the best!)

  94. I love double chocolate chip cookies with walnuts for the Christmas holidays.

  95. Penny Moncrief says:

    Italian Cream Cake is a family favorite that I love to bake & eat too (giggles)

  96. Kristina Johnston says:

    I love soft frosted christmas sugar cookies!

  97. Kristina Johnston says:

    liked pampered chef on FB

  98. Eggnog is my favorite holiday treat!!

  99. FB fan of Pampered Chef.

  100. date nut balls!

  101. I love Red Velvet cake, and The Martha Washington balls were the first homemade Christmas treat my 16 month old grandson Bladen was allowed to have..I posted pics of him eating them on my fb page, wish it had been a video so everyone could hear him going MMMmmmmmmmm….!!!The pampered chef pack looks awesome!

  102. I love snickerdoodles! They’re good with coffee, tea, egg nog, apple cider…just about anything!

  103. My favorite is sugar cookies with frosting! Thanks for a new recipe!

  104. I’m a fan of Pampered Chef on Facebook

  105. Jacquelyn J says:

    Coconut cake

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    I liked Pampered Chef

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  108. My Mom’s Anise Seed cookies are my first go-to christmas cooky recipe every year. merry christmas to all :o)

  109. Kimberly Elmore says:

    My favorite Christmas goody is my MIL’s nut roll. It’s similar to your pecan log but uses a variety of chopped nuts and also dried cherries and mini marshmallows.

    Merry Christmas and thank you for your wonderful blog!

  110. Kimberly Elmore says:

    I “liked” Pampered Chef on Facebook. Funny thing is, many of my friends had already done this. πŸ™‚

  111. Can’t wait to make the cookies

  112. Sugar cookies are my favorite and yours look extra Yummy!

  113. I “liked” the Pampered Chef FB page.

  114. Our Favorite Christmas cookies are “Spritz” made into wreath shapes with a cookie press. It’s not Christmas without them!

  115. I “liked” Pampered Chef. Thanks for the sugar cookie recipe! I’ve been looking for a good one.

  116. Sugar Cookies – best Christmas treat!
    I love this blog! Your baked spaghetti recipe is a big hit at my house!

  117. I love iced sugar cookies this time of year!

  118. My favorite holiday treat is my mom’s recipe Christmas cake. You have to make it in Oct or Nov at the latest so it can cure in Brandy. It is what makes the difference between a door stop and an enjoyable Christmas tradition.

    I also have been a PC fan forever and liked the page.

  119. I “like” Pampered Chef on Facebook

  120. I love sugar cookies with frosting but my aunt make these cookies called hopscotch they are the best…… i will get the recipe and post for every one i follow pamper chef on facebook and pin it

  121. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    My family loves peppermint bark and chocolate chip cookies.

  122. pralines – yum!

  123. Erin Kindreich says:

    I love making oreo cookie truffle balls and candy cane cookies with family.

  124. I “like” PC! (My best friend sells it!)

  125. sugar cookies with royal icing…making some tonight!

  126. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    I liked the Pampered Chef on FB. Your sugar cookies are absolutely beautiful. I’ve got to try this recipe. Thanks!

  127. Eden Williams says:

    I love archway cookies. It was a tradition when we were kids to have them when putting up the Christmas tree.

  128. I liked “the pampered chef” on facebook

  129. Eden Williams says:

    I liked the pampered chef on Facebook (:

  130. Amanda Bailey says:

    Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. Also a pampered chef fan.

  131. Lemon Ricotta Cookies! making some tonight πŸ™‚

  132. I love this recipe we just tried it amaizing , thank you

  133. liked Papered Chef on FB

  134. Lisa Flamen says:

    My favorite holiday treat is a mixture of chex, pretzels & Cheerios drizzled with iced white chocolate! Delish!

  135. Christina Stamets says:

    I love fudge. Ok anything chocolate. I love The Pampered Chef so much I’m a consultant.

  136. Michelle Segade says:

    I own Sugarmomma’s catering in Saskatchewan and our favorite recipe (and most requested) is the chewy ginger cookie!

  137. Tammy Pruden says:

    I love my Mother’s Divinity candy. She used to make it every year at Christmas time. I’m already a fan of Pampered Chef. I love their products.

  138. Gail Torres says:

    Sugar Cookies are definitely my favorite for the holidays. They are all so pretty! I will definitely give your recipe a try.

  139. Gail Torres says:

    I am already a fan of the Pampered Chef’s FB page.

  140. I like making Christmas wreath cookies. I too love the Pampered Chef so much that I’m a consultant.

  141. I am already a fan of the Pampered Chef’s FB page.

  142. Lucille Franke says:

    I really enjoy the “pampered chef” on facebook.
    Sugar Cookies are a favourite for Christmas time.

  143. My favorite holiday cake is my mom’s Red Velvet Cake!!

  144. I like Pampered Chef on Facebook!

  145. Julia Aldem says:

    My husband finally found his mom’s old sugar cookie recipe and he was very busy making delicious decorated Ugarit cookies! He was surprised about omitting the baking powder and will modify the recipe next time. Thanks for he tip!!

  146. My mom’s Christmas cookie recipe. No one makes them like my mom.

  147. I so want to make a beautiful sugar cookie but even yesterday, mine spread to where you could not tell what the shape was….I need this kit to help me in my kitchen…I want to master this sugar cookie!!!

  148. tmj Johnson says:

    thumbprint cookies are a fav

  149. Ruth Kucinski says:

    I love my Mom’s cut-out sugar cookie recipe. But my favorite cookie at Christmas is the peanut butter kiss cookies. You know the peanut butter cookie with the hershey’s kiss pressed in the middle! And my favorite cake is Red Velvet cakef I have already liked the pampered a long time ago. I love Pampered Chief products? We just made our cookies last night but we will try yours

  150. tmj Johnson says:

    liked PC on facebook

  151. Karen Olson says:

    My mom and I love the Spice of Life cookies! It is a ginger cookie that has raisins in it! So TASTY!! My daughters love to help decorate sugar cookies. I would love to win the Baking Bundle

  152. My favorite cookie is Egg Nog cookies. They taste like the real stuff!

  153. My favorite is spritz cookies….

  154. Beth Fisher says:

    Our favorites are old fashioned cut out sugar cookies like these and red velvet cake. Yummy!!

  155. I love the spritz cookies & Yule Log (Pampered Chef Holiday Cookbook)! I also liked the Pampered Chef’s Facebook page!

  156. My favorite is frosted cutout sugar cookies and homemade fruitcake!

  157. Heather Shanks says:

    I love Pampered Chef and your cookies are beautiful. My favorite Christmas treat is homemade cheesecake-yum!

  158. I “liked” the Pampered Chef Facebook page.

  159. Pampered Chef on Facebook is awesome!

  160. My favorite cake to make at Christmas is a 3 tier Red Velvet Cake. The deep red color is so pretty. I add green colored sugar sprinkles on top. Favorite pie to make is pecan. My favorite cookie to make is a new recipe we made this year: Italian Sugar Cookies. Something I used to love making with my children was our yearly Gingerbread house. The Pampered Chef mold made a cute one!

  161. My favorite Christmas treat is homemade caramels. These are soft and easy to chew. They are easy to make and so delicious. Next to that is Cream Cheese Pound Cake. It’s a heavy pound cake that freezes well. I take the frozen cake out for company, slice as much as I need and return it to the freezer. Yummy!! Pampered Chef makes my baking so easy. I keep buying and buying more!

  162. My favorite cookie is the Swedish Ginger cookie from the Southern Living Cookbook. We decorate them with candied cherries and almond slivers.

  163. So hard to pick just one, but slice ‘o spice was always a favorite growing up. It is a sugar cookie type dough with oatmeal that you wrap in foil, refrigerate, then slice, coat with cinnamon & sugar mixture and bake. Yummy, now I’m going to have to make some!

  164. I already “liked” the “Pampered Chef” page on Facebook. Couldn’t do it again. πŸ™‚

  165. My favorite treat to make at the holidays are peanut butter cookies with snickers inside! So yummy!!

  166. I like pampered chef on facebook

  167. I love peanut butter cookies.

  168. I also like Pampered Chef on Facebook.

  169. I love Pampered Chef! This is such a good recipe. One of my favorite cookies is an almond butter cookie with icing. Only make them once a year so that I want have to be lifted out of my house with a crane. Lol

  170. Kathy Futch says:

    I love spritz cookies and buckeye candy

  171. Kathy Futch says:

    I liked the Pampered Chef page! Love their products

  172. Lanecia Edmonds-Hughes says:

    I liked the Pampered chef before. I love their products! I used to sell them too. Thanks for the recipe!

  173. Elaine Mayberry says:

    It isn’t Christmas unless we have Crinkle Cookies – both chocolate rolled in powdered sugar and “plain” rolled in sparkley white sugar. I usually make one batch of decorated cut-outs to add some color to the cookie tray but everyone reaches for the old stand-bys.

  174. Sugar cookies are some of my favorites. Love to decorate them!

  175. I “like” Pampered Chef on Facebook.

  176. My favorite cookies are sugar and chocolate chips. Yummy.

  177. Wow! Beautiful cookies & great tip on how to keep the cookies from baking! I will definitely try this! Would LOVE, love, love to win this package!! Thanks for sharing! I’ll def. be back to your page! Sharing on FB!

  178. I am making the Favorite Sugar Cookies above. I can’t quite understand the need for 6 cups of flour. After 4 cups the batter was so stiff I knew I couldn’t add any more. Anyone got an answer?

  179. Lisa McGriff says:

    I have a favorite pound cake recipe that I just love. Moist and rises high and mighty!

  180. I love making spritz cookies and peanut butter cookies with the hershey kisses on the top.

  181. “Liked” The Pampered Chef on Facebook.

  182. LIKED ON PAMPERED CHEF’S FACEBOOK PAGE…and just wanted to wish you and Pampered Chef folks a Very Merry Christmas! You’ve all brought JOY to me in 2012 and am sure 2013 will be just as fun. Thanks!

  183. Always searching for recipes that top my current favorites. Can’t wait to try this one! LOVE the Pampered Chef products and recipes.

  184. One of my favorites is Ding Bats, made with dates! Also sugar cookies! Your snowflake cookies are beautiful and I’m sure delicious! Today is snowflake day …a perfect day to try them!

  185. I like Pampered Chef on FB.

  186. Theresa Cronier says:

    WoW snowflake cookies are soo beautiful and look so yummy, I immediately printed the recipe and going to invite my first and only granddaughter (Zara) over and make them with her, she loves spending quality time with “grandmaman” Thanks for sharing Pampered Chef Recipes Christine, you are the Best and always there to help when I need it in a flash. These new tools would work very well with my grand daughter and I. Would be nice to win!

  187. Susan Hatcher says:

    My Christmas treat is a breakfast family tradition in my family on Christmas morning, Goldenrod Eggs. A recipe handed down by my maternal grandmother, it is a favorite of my grown sons.

  188. Millie Warner says:

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite christmas cookie and Russian Tea Cakes.
    And I will “like PC on FB” , One of my absolute favorite kitchen products.

  189. Millie Warner says:

    “Liked” on Facebook

  190. We are definately a cookie family. But, my favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip pecan! Yum!!

  191. I “liked” the Pampered Chef webpage. πŸ™‚
    Didn’t think about doing that before, thanks! I love their products.

  192. Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies, love these and love to make them.

  193. Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies, love these and love to make them. I also Like Pampered Chef on facebook.

  194. Dana McManus says:

    Snickerdoodle FOR THE WIN! And a tall, ice cold glass of milk…. YUM!

  195. Dana McManus says:

    I also “liked” Pampered CHef on FB =]

  196. Francene Kaufman says:

    I love Sugar Cookies, and I must bake these. I have always admired Pampered Chef products, but have never been to one of the parties. Would love to own something of their line and use it to impress my family.

  197. Good old fashioned cut out sugar cookies with buttercream icing are my favorites

  198. My favorite homemade cookie is Jerome Bars. My mom made them as I was growing up. So good.

    I also love Orange Slice cake at Christmas along with the usual Red Velvet, Italian Cream, etc.

    I do love Sugar Cookies though and am very happy to have your recipe and hints.

  199. My favorite Christmas cookies are ‘Sugar Cookies’. I’ve made them every year for as long as I can
    remember. I’ve ALWAYS flavored the cookies and butter frosting with grated orange peel or orange
    extract. Makes them delicious with just a hint of different flavor.

  200. For quick and easy, I make Conversation Cookies (no cooking). Can be used for any type get together. I also enjoy Oatmeal Crispies .and make them often as everyone enjoys a crisp cookie.

  201. I entered, and the Pampered Chef website is awesome!! I have been using Pampered Chef for 20+ years! Love, love, love it!!

  202. Kathi Davis says:

    Liked and shared …love Pampered Chef! Good luck to

  203. vicki read says:

    I just entered and the pamper chef page is amazing!!!