Best Ever Butter Sugar Cookies

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I can't believe this recipe wasn't already posted. I've made these for years as my standard cut-out sugar cookie recipe. They taste great, stay soft, and the dough is easy to work with, even in our dry climate! I think I got the recipe off of a Land o' Lakes butter package over 20 years ago. They're called 'best ever' for a reason.


  1. Combine butter, sugar, and egg in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, orange juice, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds. Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into disks. Refrigerate until firm (about 2-3 hours).
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees. On lightly floured surface roll out dough, 1/3 at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated). Roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorative sugars if you don't plan on frosting them. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Cool completely.
  3. Frost or decorate as desired.
  4. Preparation time does not include time in refrigerator.
Most Helpful

Perfect cookie, most especially with the O.J. and zest. I could of eaten all of them, but decided to keep with just 2. LOL ~ truly a special cookie that I can see being used for a wonderful holiday cookie ~ dressed with holiday designs. Nice and perfect, the aroma magnificent. Thanks so much, Jeanie! Made for PAC 2011

Andi of Longmeadow Farm October 09, 2011

I've seen this recipe before and always wondered about the oj. I think I could taste just hint of it because I knew it was there. I made these last night and was in a hurry so I just made a log and sliced the cookies after they were in the fridge a couple of hours. I also just used colored sugar to decorate them before they went in the oven. I'm taking half to a family tonight that needs a meal and our half are already gone. I made these for PAC Fall 2009 and I will be making them again. Thank you!

cookee monster September 30, 2009

This is just the cookie that I have been looking for: a butter cookie that stays soft and is sooo buttery, but not overly sweet! I made a couple of batches-I rolled some out per the directions and cut out cookies. The dough also works ine as a drop cookie after a short refrigeration time. Thanks for another delicious recipe, JeanieK! I made these for Spring PAC 2009.

Jociecee April 17, 2009