The best sugar cookies EVER

I can take no credit for this recipe, whatsoever. But it’s so good. So simple. So painless. So amazing. I just have to share it. For the original, head on over to, and check it out!

Last night was my last night of teaching swimming lessons; I’ve had a great class of 5 and 6 year olds for the last six weeks. Because they’ve been so awesome, and because it’s so close to Christmas, and because I look for any excuse to bake, I wanted to bake them some cookies. Because that’s what kids need more of at Christmas, right? SUGAR!

I needed a recipe that I could count on. One that wouldn’t take me an eternity to make. And one that I could easily make festive without needing the time to decorate.

And so, I turned to the recipe for the best sugar cookies EVER.

Mix this stuff in one bowl:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

And this stuff in another:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla, or peppermint, or….take your pick!)

Combine! Mix it up. You’ll probably need to use your hands to incorporate the last bit of flour. Roll balls of cookie dough and bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet. I highly recommend sprinkling them with a bit of sugar, or dipping the tops in sprinkles. Especially at Christmas, which is incomplete with sprinkles. Obviously.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Leave the cookie buddies on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before you transfer them to a cooling rack.

This is a 30 minute process. Start to finish. Mission accomplished! Best (and easiest) sugar cookies EVER.

6 thoughts on “The best sugar cookies EVER

  1. Those are extremely similar to the ones I made the other night, but I “healthied” em up a bit with some whole wheat pastry flour and brown sugar, and I used Earth Balance instead of butter. I looked at a ton of recipes online to draw inspiration from, and I think that original was definitely one of them! 🙂

  2. “Easiest” – probably
    “Best Ever – disagree
    Thanks alot Rachel. Now I have to make you some sugar cookies.
    Something to look forward to in January.

  3. Sounds like a sugar cookie bake off! I was going to say that my grandmother’s (great-grandmother’s?) thoroughly unhealthy and perfectly marvelous recipe would beat any other recipe it came up against.

    Now, if only I had the time to put some in the oven….

    • Rachel – Tell Amanda it’s on. My best ever sugar cookies against her best ever sugar cookies. May the best ever sugar cookie win.

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