Quick and easy sugar cookies made with only 3 pantry ingredients and no egg! So simple and foolproof, you can whip up this sugar cookie recipe anytime. Sweet, buttery, and delicious!
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Next to pies and pudding, cookies are a complete weakness of mine. Admittedly, I much prefer my cookies soft, either gooey or with goodies tucked throughout, as opposed to a crunchy cookie. The one exception is a sugar cookie – I enjoy those soft or crunchy, iced or plain. But I just simply never have the time or patience to make them.
Typically with sugar cookies, the dough needs to be divided, chilled for several hours, then rolled out, shaped, the scraps re-rolled, etc. Worth it for a perfect sugar cookie…I guess? What if I told you that you could have completely fantastic sugar cookies using only 3 ingredients and in less than an hour? Pretty exciting, right?!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
I’m so wild about this easy sugar cookie recipe, I may never make traditional ones again. In fact, these have been my go-to for the last couple of years. They’re infinitely easier and taste, well, just like a crunchy sugar cookie, and similar to shortbread.
All you need is unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and flour. (A touch of vanilla added to the dough and finished with some sprinkles make them even better, but these two ingredients are not necessary to make this sugar cookie recipe.)
How to Make Sugar Cookies
It’s almost criminal how easy these cookies are to make, but nobody is getting arrested! HA. There are only 4 really simple steps. Here’s a brief summary (scroll down for the detailed, complete printable recipe.)
- Make the dough: beat together butter, sugar, and flour until blended.
- Form the cookies: form the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in sugar, then flatten them with a glass or measuring cup.
- Bake: bake until just barely golden around the edges and bottom.
- Rest: let rest and cool for at least 10-15 minutes before eating.
That’s it. No rolling, no dividing, no chilling, and barely any waiting!
- Use a cookie scoop: Using a small cookie scoop is best for ease and cookie uniformity, so they all cook at the same rate.
- The thickness matters: Once the raw dough balls are flattened, they should end up being between an 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so 3/16 to be exact. (They will look pretty small in circumference, but they will spread to a normal size cookie.)
- Leave space in between: Cookie dough should be placed on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart, because they do spread while baking.
- Cool properly: After baking, these cookies need to remain on the cookie sheet for at least 10-15 minutes before moving them to cool completely, because they are fragile at first. Once cooled, though, they’re sturdy.
- Take them up a notch: While vanilla extract and sprinkles are not needed for this recipe to work, the addition of the two is recommended!
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Can this recipe be used for cut-out cookies? Unfortunately, no. Since the recipe doesn’t include any eggs, the dough doesn’t bind well enough and the cookies could end up crumbling when you use a cookie cutter.Can these be frosted? Yes, you can definitely frost these with royal icing or drizzle a simple icing on top. Whisk together some powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until you get the desired consistency. Drizzle and allow to set.Decorate with sprinkles or nonpareils: Feel free to gently press some sprinkles or nonpareils onto the cookies before baking them.How many calories in a sugar cookie? One of these sugar cookies is only 90 calories. Great with a cup of coffee.
How to Store
Let the cookies cool completely, then store them in an airtight container in single layers with parchment paper in between.
How long do sugar cookies last? Stored properly, they will last on the countertop for up to 5 days.Can you freeze sugar cookies? If you want to freeze these, I recommend forming the dough balls and freezing those. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then roll in the sugar and bake as directed. The dough can be frozen up to 2 months.
Watch them Being Made
These easy sugar cookies are a great recipe for a novice baker to try out, or if you’ve got young kids at home and want to introduce them to baking. No fuss, few ingredients, and comes together in minutes!
Other Easy Cookie Recipes
- Flourless Chocolate Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
- Ritz Cracker Cookies
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