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This Homemade Sugar Cookie recipe makes a super soft cookie using simple ingredients you most likely have on hand. No chill sugar cookies are the way to go, these cookies are so quick and easy to make.

heart shaped cookies topped with pink frosting and valentine's candies

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

The best sugar cookie, in my opinion, is soft and fluffy in the center, not dry, but melts away in your mouth with every bite. Topped with a simple buttercream or cream cheese frosting this is the perfect sugar cookie recipe for all your favorite holidays!

metal bowl of stand mixer filled with cookie dough

How to Make Homemade Sugar Cookies

This is a pretty basic sugar cookie recipe that is easy to mix together, cut out and pop in the oven to bake. Let’s go over the steps to make this simple cookie dough:

  • First start by mixing together the softened butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk. I like to do this in my stand mixer, add in all of the ingredients and turn it on to medium speed. Let it mix for about 1 minute, until everything is combined. It will be very liquidy.
  • Next, add in the dry ingredients; salt, flour, baking soda and baking powder. I actually just add this right into the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients and mix them all together until a dough has formed.
    • scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure it is incorporated
cookie dough rolled out and cut out into heart shapes

Rolling Out Cookie Dough

On a clean, floured surface roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin until it is a quarter inch thick adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking. Then you can use your favorite cookie cutter to press into the cookie dough and cut out your cookies.

I have this big bin of almost every cookie shape you could think of that is perfect for making christmas cookies, valentines cookies or really any holiday cookie shape.

heart shaped cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet

Place your cut out cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet or, just directly onto the baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350ºF.

I like to just underbake the cookies so they are still really moist and soft in the center. To do this I gently press the center of a cookie after 8 minutes to see if it presses in easily and that the sides are just a little crisp.

baked heart shaped cookies with valentine's candies around them

Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

I like to do a little double cookie surprise when I am making these for holidays. To do this, pipe a layer of frosting just around the edge of the cookie design and fill the center with candies and sprinkles. Place another decorated cookie on top so that the candies are sandwiched between the two cookies.

The best part is the surprise when the fam breaks these open and finds a little extra treat inside.

frosted sugar cookies broken into pieces

Homemade Sugar Cookies Recipe

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heart shaped sugar cookies with pink frosting and valentines candies
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Homemade Sugar Cookies

Soft, homemade sugar cookies are easily made with a few simple ingredients. Perfect for making all your favorite holiday shapes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cookie, Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies, Dessert
Keyword: Homemade Sugar Cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 230kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • Preheat oven to 350º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl cream together the butter, eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla on medium speed for about 1 minute. This will still be a little liquidy
  • Add in the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Continue to mix until all of the ingredients are combine and the dough forms a ball. Scrape down the sides as needed while mixing.
  • Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to 1/4 inch. Cut into desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet
  • Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, until crisp on the edges and soft in the center
  • Remove from the baking sheet and place onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.



  • nutrition facts are just an estimate of the plain cookies without frosting
  • buttercream frosting recipe
  • cream cheese frosting recipe


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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How to Store Sugar Cookies

These soft sugar cookies can easily be made ahead and stored in an air tight container on the counter for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen.

To freeze sugar cookies, place in an air tight container with wax or parchment paper between layers of cookies and store for up to three months. Thaw on the counter before frosting.

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This Homemade Sugar Cookie recipe makes a super soft cookie using simple ingredients you most likely have on hand. No chill sugar cookies are the way to go, these cookies are so quick and easy to make.

heart shape sugar cookies frosted with pink frosting

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