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Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Use these simple ingredients for sugar cookies, faith-filled lessons and create some holiday magic!

Looking for a delightful treat to sweeten up your holiday season? Look no further than this easy sugar cookie recipe! These easy homemade #sugarcookies are a must-try, and I guarantee they'll leave you craving for more. With just a handful of ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these scrumptious treats in no time.

Get your baking apron, whip up this sugar cookie mix on and enjoy decorating!

Easy sugar cookie recipe with simple ingredients

Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Tips for Success

  • Chill the dough for at least 2 hours. We tested baking these sugar cookies after just one hour of chilling, and here’s our takeaway: don’t cut the chilling time short! Their warm, tangy flavor improves exponentially when they chill for an extra hour. If the dough is too stiff to work with when it comes out of the fridge, let it rest for 5 minutes at room temperature before you start rolling it out.

  • Bake one sheet at a time. Because temperatures vary throughout an oven, bake one sheet at a time for the most even cooking. You don’t want cookies on the bottom rack to burn before the top rack starts to brown!


  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

  • Add the sugar and softened butter and beat until fluffy, scraping down the sides of the

Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe

bowl as needed. Add the egg and beat well, then add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and lemon zest and mix again.

  • Add the dry ingredients, one-third at a time, mixing until well combined. Divide the dough into two balls and flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge to chill for 2 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Transfer to the baking sheets and bake, one sheet at a time, for 8-10 minutes.

  • Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Cool completely before icing and decorating.

Lessons of Faith

Christmas Cookie Cutter Set and Devotional

Baking cookies is a special Christmas tradition, but did you know these shiny little shapes each have a story to share? These cookie cutters are meaningful Christmas-time symbols. I had a blast reading these mini devotionals to my girls as they decorated!

Grab this festive and faith-filled #cookiecutter kit and as you get ready to bake your cookies this Christmas, take a moment to read each devotional and learn a little more about how each shape is a symbol of the Christmas season.

Cookie Cutter and Devotional from Mary and Martha

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