Sugar Cookies - No Break, Fail-Safe and Foolproof

"Are you tired of sugar cookie dough that will not roll out properly? Dough's too sticky? That won't cut-out properly? Are you tired of sugar cookies that are too fragile to decorate? If so, then this is the recipe for you. I have the world's worst luck with sugar cookies. 3 years in a row I had great intentions of making cutout sugar cookies for my Christmas baskets. Inevitably, I failed. One year, the dough was way too sticky. Another, the cookies just feel apart. Then I found this recipe. These cookies roll out and cut beautifully, they bake evenly, and they are sturdy enough to frost and decorate yet still taste heavenly. Even my 3yo could not mess these up! And yes, I checked this against all the other sugar cookie recipes on this site -- it's different. And delicious!"
photo by AngelaTN photo by AngelaTN
photo by AngelaTN
photo by Jj H. photo by Jj H.
Ready In:
3 dozen




  • In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a second bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Sift flour mixture into butter mixture 1 cup at a time and blend well.
  • Roll dough into ball and chill 3-4 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to prepare cookies, preheat oven to 350°.
  • Roll out dough and cut into shapes.
  • Brush with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar or candies if desired (or frost cookie once baked and cooled).
  • Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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  1. Sandy One
    Finally...a cut-out sugar cookie success!! Like Angela I have tried many a recipe to only spell FAILURE! Thank heavens I tried one more time. Made this recipe yesterday as a good cut-out cookies is tradition for Christmas. They looked beautiful and tasted really good. Thank-you for submitting this recipe it will now be a tradition every year in my home.
  2. deanamy
    This is the recipe I have been searching for! It is so easy and the cookies taste great. They roll out perfect and I make them for Christmas, bake sales, and class parties! Perfection!
  3. alicia133
    I send these out to my friend in Fl & they arrived in perfect shape.I was so happy.The only thing I change was that I use 1/2 tsp vainilla & 1/2 tsp almond ext. I love this recipe
  4. bailey46
    Excellent cookie. Rolled out perfectly (I did let it rest on the counter for 1/2 hr. 1st because I made the dough the day before) but after that it was great. I baked them for 10 min. per tray and they came out looking beautiful with the xmas sprinkles on them. Taste great too, a welcome addition to my xmas cookie platter. Thanks very much Angela
  5. Ruebarbe
    Very good, sturdy sugar cookies. They aren't overly sweet on their own, which is good, since you'll add decorative sugar, or glaze them. I baked them for 8 - 9 minutes (we like a softer cookie).


  1. Jj H.
    1 teasp baking powder instead of 2. Also, added 1/2 t of almond extract along with the vanilla.



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