Recipe Schmecipe: Basic Sugar Cookies


Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe to impress your loved one with on Valentine’s Day. I love this recipe as it’s a perfect canvas for decorating on any given holiday.

Basic Sugar Cookies

½ cups Softened Butter

¾ cups Sugar

1 Egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1-½ cup Flour

½ teaspoons Baking Powder

¼ teaspoons Salt

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in an egg and then vanilla. On a low speed, slowly mix the dry ingredients into wet ingredients until everything is incorporated.
  • Equally divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until it is firm enough to work with.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about a ¼-inch thickness and cut out shapes as desired. Place the cookies onto parchment paper or a lightly greased baking tray.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, watching closely until the cookies appear to almost turn golden around the edges. I also check the bottoms to see when mine are done as the top might still be very light but if the bottoms are a light golden brown they are done! Let cool completely before frosting.

I like my cookies simple but if you’re in the mood to get more festive, cut out the cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter instead of a round one. You can also top it with the icing recipe below.


1 cup Powdered Sugar

2 teaspoons Milk, Up To Double The Amount, As Needed

2 teaspoons Light Corn Syrup

¼ teaspoons Vanilla

4 drops Red Food Coloring, If Desired

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and milk until smooth. Mix in the corn syrup and vanilla until smooth and glossy. If it is too thick, add the milk in 1/2 teaspoon increments.
  • Add drops of food coloring to each bowl to reach your desired intensity of color. Spread over completely cooled cookies (Top with heart-shaped sprinkles, if desired). Let it sit until the icing is hardened, which takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

13 responses to “Recipe Schmecipe: Basic Sugar Cookies”

  1. sean says:

    *removed for being really rude*

  2. Glen says:

    Anyone else wondering why the above poster finds the need to post something useless like that.

  3. moo says:

    is there some sort of secret to making sure sugar cookies dont get hard? every time i’ve tried to make them, they’ve gotten hard as a rock….hard enough to break teeth. whats up?

  4. Glen says:

    Try under baking them by a few minutes.

  5. grumpy says:

    MMMMMmmmmm These were great. I made them and baked them for 7 minutes and then let them cool on a cooling rack. Make sure you roll them out to at least 1/2 cm. And out some sprinkles on them for decoration.

    I was really upset to see sean’s post. The difference between Smartcanucks and other freebie/deal sites is that our members have heart and soul. We share other news and ideas and that’s why I love this site. The cookies are a great idea for Valentines. Thanks for the recipe – made my sick hubby really happy.

  6. Emme says:

    To me, making my own cookies IS a good deal. Freshness, fewer chemicals, etc.

    There are lots of recipes on the internet and in books. I like recipes that are time-tested and used by “average” people, like me 🙂

  7. Sally says:

    Sean, your rudeness isn’t aprpeciated. I will NOT tolerate rudeness towards my blog team, therefore your post is removed.

  8. Jen says:

    1 TSP vanilla? Come on, live a little! I would add 1 Tablespoon for this size batch! The more vanilla the better! 😀

  9. sue says:

    Corn syrup – is that because you’re adding food colouring (for shinyness?)?
    Sounds good. At 8:39 am I am now craving cookies.

  10. SeriousSally says:

    @moo, like Glen says, underbake them ever so slightly, also make sure they’re not too thin when you roll out the dough, make them a little thicker and you’ll get a softer texture. These are so kid friendly, cookie cutters and decorating=delicious fun!

  11. PBMAMA says:

    @moo, Even after your cookies out of the oven they will continue to cook on the pan, remove them from the pan when they are just cool enough to transfer without ruining the shape of the cookies, only leave them on the pan for 5 minutes max.

  12. Zay says:

    great receipe

  13. Supafly says:

    Great recipe … will have to try them! I doubt they compare to my Great Grandmother’s recipe but we’ll see … definitely one thing missing from this recipe (and all other sugar cookie recipe I’ve seen recently) is Nutmeg … you gotta have a hint of nutmeg in there! Try them and let me know!


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