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The Best Go-To Sugar Cookies for the Holidays (and How to Make Them Perfectly)

The Best Go-To Sugar Cookies for the Holidays (and How to Make Them Perfectly)

If you love to bake, Christmas time is the best time of the entire year: It’s cookie baking season.

Each year we swap cookies with friends, co-workers, and family, and I’m here to lay out some tips that will help you to blow the competition out of the water. Here is what you need to know to make the best sugar cookies out there:

1. About Those Eggs

Eggs are surprisingly the most important ingredient in cookie baking — beating out sugar and even butter (gasp!) in my opinion. They act as the binder and play a significant role in the structure and chew of the cookie. In fact, Stella Parks of Serious Eats wrote a very interesting article about the role of egg yolks and egg whites in sugar cookies (for all those food science nerds out there).

You’ll notice that many cookie recipes call for the dough to (annoyingly) rest and chill overnight. Don’t be too frustrated with this, however, because the payoff is well worth it. Resting the dough allows the egg to fully absorb into the dough help the cookies retain moisture and ensuring you get that irresistible balance of delightfully crispy edges with knee-weakening chewy centers. Plus, chilling even a little will help the cookies spread less, earn deeper flavor, and brown just a little more. (Brown is flavor, friends.)

When mixing the eggs into the batter, try to use room-temperature eggs. This may take some forethought, but the warmer temperature does help the eggs to mix into the dough better. Also, when a recipe calls for multiple eggs, add one at a time and fully incorporate the egg into the dough before adding the second. Otherwise, your butter, sugar, and egg mixture can curdle and your cookies will lose volume (see why this is bad below).

2. About That Sugar

According to America’s Test Kitchen, the perfect sugar cookie uses superfine sugar. Using superfine sugar in your recipe will give your cookie a crispier texture because the tiny sugar crystals dissolve more quickly and contribute to a fine, even crumb. You can buy superfine sugar at the grocery store, or just pulse the sugar you have at home in a food processor for 30 seconds.

3. About That Butter

Room temperature butter, people. I’m serious. (See why in the mixing tips below).

4. Some Mixing Tips

With cookies, ingredient order is everything. Butter and sugar first need to be creamed together — whipped on a medium speed until pale, light, and fluffy — before the eggs are added. This incorporates air into the mix (aka contributes to the volume to the cookie) and makes for a softer, more tender cookie. Specifically, room-temperature butter is the most efficient at trapping those air molecules. Butter that is too cold means no air gets trapped and results in a flat, hard cookie. Inversely, if you use butter that is too warm, the cookies will indeed be soft but won’t have the structure to hold the air.

Now that you are armed with the secrets for making a perfect sugar cookie, apply them to your favorite sugar cookies or click here to check out our favorite sugar cookie recipe for the holiday season.


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker


The Best Sugar Cookie Recipes Of All Time

Now that we’re done stuffing ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes, the holiday season naturally shifts us away from salty food and hurls us toward an abundance of sugar. To be more exact, we’re talking about sugar cookies.

As soon as it’s remotely appropriate, bakers around the world begin making holiday cookies, rolling out their dough, cutting it into snowmen and reindeer, and painstakingly decorating them before biting off their heads. But there’s one problem: They often taste like cardboard.

We’re here to help. Over the years we’ve tried many of our favorite bloggers’ recipes, and we’ve been picky about which are our favorites. We’re sharing them with you here, including classics, twists and healthier alternatives.

You’ll notice several of them are from the same bloggers (ahem, Minimalist Baker and Sally’s Baking Addiction). That’s because they’ve become trusted masters of the sugar cookie. Try these recipes, and no one will be disappointed in your cookies this year.

"Whenever I decorate sugar cookies, I always begin with a quality homemade sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that I can always depend on, so all I have to 'worry' about is decorating. My go-to sugar cookie recipe produces soft sugar cookies with slightly crisp edges. It starts with butter and sugar creamed together. Add 1 egg and vanilla (sometimes almond extract, yum!), then flour + baking powder + salt. That’s it. Only 7 basic ingredients." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Snowman Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"Trust me when I say that this is a sugar cookie recipe you need to try. It’s taken me awhile to find that perfectly soft-centered, yet slightly crisp-edged recipe. A cookie that keeps its cookie cutter shape in the oven, has a nice flat surface, a recipe without any crazy ingredients, and a recipe that is easy and approachable for everyone." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Easy Icing recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Easy Slice 'n' Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Don’t be freaked if you’re not a fan of eggnog, you will still enjoy these sugar cookies. The eggnog really just keeps the cookies soft, moist and lends a nice sweetness that just kind of reminds you of all things Christmas. It’s perfect." -- Half Baked Harvest

Get the Eggnog-Scented Sugar Cookies With Easy Vanilla Icing recipe from Half Baked Harvest

"Traditional sugar cookies have their own distinct flavor. But it’s just not what I’d choose if I had other options. So I wanted to create a sweet Christmas sugar cookie that can stand up to its big flavor besties. And the way to achieve it is to brown the butter. Brown butter is always the answer." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Brown Butter Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"There are so many ways to make sugar cookies and adding cream cheese is most definitely my new standard. A little bit of cream cheese produces a richer, softer, and creamier sugar cookie." -- Sally's Baking Addiction

Get the Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction

"These healthier sugar cookies start with white whole wheat flour. . Unlike many traditional recipes that call for an entire stick or two of butter, this recipe only uses 2 tablespoons of butter." -- Amy's Healthy Baking

Get the Ultimate Healthy Cut-Out Sugar Cookies recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking

"I've cracked the code on perhaps the most fluffy, perfect gluten-free sugar cookies on the planet." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Fluffy 1-Bowl Sugar Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) recipe from Minimalist Baker

"Here’s the thing about sugar cookies. They contain lots and lots of butter, sugar and gluten, the last one being a major offender for a growing number of people. But I say you can still have cookies, you just have to get creative and replace the gluten with something else, like a baking blend? Yes, like a gluten-free baking blend." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the Super Soft Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker

"They are the classic, quintessential sugar cookie all veganized and tender and perfect, just dying to be frosted and brought to all of your holiday gatherings. Your friends and family will forget all about the gifts and nose dive into these bad boys, guaranteed." -- Minimalist Baker

Get the 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies recipe from Minimalist Baker