The best sugar cookies


    I found this to be the best sugar cookie recipe for cutting out shapes! The biscuits taste lovely even without icing! Depending on the occasion, feel free to add 1 tablespoon of food colouring to the dough, such as red for Valentine's day!

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    Serves: 36 

    • 225g butter, softened
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 475g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 4 tablespoons whipping cream
    • 100g coloured sugar for decoration


    1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the cream. Cover dough and chill for 2 to 3 hours, until firm.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays.
    3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/2cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 3cm apart on the greased baking trays. Sprinkle with coloured sugar if desired.
    4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottoms and edges of cookies are light brown. Remove from baking tray and cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

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    Let me start this off by saying I hate making sugar cookies. I hate the rolling, I hate the crumbling, I hate the chilling, I hate everything that makes sugar cookies what they are. I'd only make them when I couldn't get out of it. And my 6yo DS has the most convincing big brown eyes. Anyway, this cookie has made me a convert. It doesn't need much chilling (1/2 hour to 45 minutes does well for me), the texture is GORGEOUS and doesn't get dry or sticky between rollings. I actually make these willingly. I'm making 3 pink batches, one for each of my kids to take to school for Valentines Day. I'm using the Easy Valentine Sandwich cookie method from this site to make them sandwiches (along with the frosting). I think they're truly fantastic. Laura, you ROCK to have restored my faith in easy cookies.  -  10 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe... very easy. I rolled them out on parchment paper, removed the excess and baked on the paper on cookie sheets. Much much easier than moving them to a cookie sheet and risking messing up the shapes. FYI, the parchment paper can be used several times! Thanks for a great recipe!  -  01 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This dough is very easy to work with IF you chill it overnight.. And, for those of you who say the flavor is bland, remember to use PURE vanilla. Don't waste your time with the fake stuff, you will be disappointed after all your time spent. I also use 2 tsp. not 1 tsp. as called for. Try them again--Chill overnight, use PURE vanilla, and double the amount of vanilla.. This is the easiest dough to work with and the taste will be much better.. (also, make sure you beat the butter and sugar for at least 3 minutes, add eggs and beat for another 3 minutes.Add flour mixture and mix only till incorporated in, don't over mix)  -  15 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)