I have made a change that you will LOVE about this linky party….from now on you can share ANY of your favorite recipes (not just cookie recipes) here at All Things Thrifty once a month during the All Things Delicious linky party.

I will still have a theme every month, but feel free to share whatever recipe you LOVE, even if it is not in that particular theme. :)

Have you ever made sugar cookies and they just didn’t turn out as delicious as you wanted them to? I think this used to be the theme of my sugar cookie experience. But then I found this recipe, and I’ve never turned back to those dark days.

Here is the most delicious sugar cookie recipe out there (in my opinion).

3 sticks of salted butter softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
5 cups of all purpose flour

Tip #1: Don’t use margarine. Use the good ‘ol fattening BUTTER. I like to use salted butter.
Tip #2: Don’t use the microwave to soften the butter. Let it sit out on the counter at room temperature until it is softened. If you use the microwave, you may melt it too much, which will impact the texture of your dough and make it too sticky.


*Cream the softened butter and sugar together until it is nice, smooth, and fluffy.

*Next, add the eggs one at a time to the butter mixture. I use a hand mixer on low for this.

*Add the vanilla.

*Gradually add the flour and baking powder. I use my hand mixer for this also. Make sure that all the flour is mixed into the dough.

*Chill dough for 1-2 hours to stiffen up the dough. (very important step)

*When your dough has been chilled for the alloted time, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

*On a clean counter top, generously sprinkle powdered sugar (yep…not flour) onto the counter and begin rolling the dough with a rolling pin. Make sure to add some powdered sugar to your rolling pin and to the top of the dough to prevent it from sticking. (Keep adding a little powdered sugar as needed throughout this process).

Tip #3: I roll out about a third of the dough at a time so that I can carefully gauge the thickness of the dough. I like mine to be on the thick side (about 1/2 inch thick).

*Use cookie cutters to cut out your desired shapes and set them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Make sure there is at least 1 inch or so in between each cookie.

*Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. As you can see in my pictures, my cookies were extra large (almost as big as the napkin) so I cooked them for 8 minutes.

Tip #4: Do NOT overcook. They may not look done, but they are.

*Let them cool a bit before removing them from the pan.

Tip #5: Chill in the refrigerator before frosting or serving. This helps the cookies to be moist and delicious. :)

My favorite frosting recipe:
1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup) Tips #1 and #2 apply
1 brick softened cream cheese (8 oz) Tip #2 applies
Mix butter and and cream cheese until soft, add 2 tsp vanilla, beat until light and fluffy.
Add 4-5 cups powder sugar, one cup at a time, (I use 4 1/2 cups). Beat until smooth. Add your favorite food coloring to tint it your desired color.

Now it’s your turn to link up your favorite recipes!
Here are the rules:
Use this button to link back to this post at the bottom of your post.
Post your link to ANY favorite recipe of yours (not just cookies).
Link to your post (not your homepage).


  1. says


    I am new to the site. You have so many great things on here.

    I have been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe. This one sounds really yummy. Can't wait to try it out.



  2. says

    Omg, thank you! I've always steered clear of roll out cookies cus the feel of dry flour for the rolling gives me the heebiejeebies (like nails on a chalkboard). I never thought to use sugar. Yay! I wonder if that would work for bread dough… Hehe.

    Mmmm… roll out sugar cookies are imminent…

  3. says

    I just made fancy sugar cookies with glace' icing this weekend for Valentine's day and blogged about it! How funny! The recipe I used was similar but included almond flavoring, which I love! – Karen

  4. says

    Brooke, I am so entranced with your sugar cookie recipe, I can't even link up. I am going to sleep dreaming about it… okay, after I check out the other offerings. I just had to say how delicious your cookie looked. Can't wait to make it, lol. ~Lori

  5. says

    I love your site! And after this post I love it even more!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this sugar cookie recipe. Sugar cookies are exactly what my pregnant butt has been craving! Your timing could not have been better. I'm blowing you virtual kisses! MUAH!

  6. Ashlie74 says

    I want to try your recipe for my kids.. first time here but i enjoying
    reading your blog..i surely coming back to check new recipes.

  7. says

    Thank you for this great recipe. I made these cookies and colored the icing baby blue and pink and took them to work to announce that I am going to be a Grandma! This recipe is a keeper!

  8. says

    i've been on the lookout for a good sugar cookie recipe for quite sometime now. I will be sure to give this one a shot, thanks for sharing

  9. says

    ive been doing "sugar cookie recipe research" and seems like lots of people love this recipe best (especially in terms of taste, which matters most IMO) lot of bloggers swear by it. bakingdom, sprinklebakes. whats funny though is its just the betty crocker sugar cookie recipe doubled.

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