Charmie's Soft Sugar Cookies

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I know there are a ton of sugar cookie recipes here, but I couldn't find this one, and it's my favorite! It makes a nice thick and soft sugar cookie, that's perfect for all the holidays. Frost these with your favorite vanilla frosting (I often just used the store-bought stuff...shhhhh!). Cooking time includes chilling time. I'm guessing on the amount, but I'll adjust when I make these soon!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream margarine or butter with sugar.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Chill at least 1-1/2 hours.
  5. Roll on floured board to 1/2 inch think.
  6. Cut with desired cookie cutters.
  7. Bake at 400º 8-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
  8. Cool and frost with your favorite frosting!


Most Helpful

Agreed w/everyone else that the temp was too high. I even baked mine at 350 and they turned out great (my oven tends to get really hot). I also did put the remaining dough in the fridge in between batches b/c as someone else posted, the dough got soft really quick. The cookies themselves came out BIG, SOFT, DELICIOUS...PERFECT!

dnaricke February 28, 2010

Charmie, this is my new, go-to sugar cookie recipe! I've made these three times with rave reviews! I made exactly as directed and the cookies turned out perfect! These cookies aren't overly sweet, making them great for icing and decorating. Thanks so much! (Note: If you have large cookie cutters like I do (Crate and Barrel), I would suggest doubling the recipe. The first time I made this recipe, I didn't double it and I only got 10 cookies! LOL!)

AnnieLynne April 29, 2011

I made a batch of these last week to get a head start on holiday baking, and today I had to go back and make a second batch because these worked out really well! They're not too sweet, which is a good thing because the frosting I use is very sweet. The dough was easy to work with and the cookies retain their cut-out shapes after baking (they don't puff up so much that the shapes get distorted). I increased the vanilla to 1 teaspoon. I followed previous reviewers' suggestions and decreased the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Baked for 8 minutes and they turned out perfect. My 3 year old had a blast helping me decorate the first batch, and she's anxiously awaiting tomorrow when we get to put frosting and sprinkles on the latest ones. Thanks so much for posting!!!!

Outnumbered By Peanuts November 15, 2009

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