Basic Sugar Cookie Recipes

Basic sugar cookie recipes should be easy to make but also delicious to eat.

The surface of the cookie should be uniform for decorating, the cookie should be strong enough to package or ship, and also have great flavor.

This sugar cookie recipe is the one we bake more often than others and is our go to recipe when we want to ensure we have a product that will wow the customer and provide fool proof results when we are short on time.


  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter - Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk flour and salt together in separate bowl and set aside.

In mixer bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy using paddle attachment (approx 3 min.).

Add the egg and beat until well incorporated, add vanilla.

Add flour to the butter mixture in thirds. Mix just until flour is blended - do not over mix.

Turn your dough out onto the work surface and divide into halves or thirds and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate until firm - 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lightly dust work surface with flour. Roll dough to 1/4" thick, sprinkling flour on rolling pin and work surface to prevent sticking.

Roll and cut shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet in the center of the oven.

Bake for 12 to 16 minutes until edges begin to brown.