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4.83 from 28 votes

Easy Sugar Cookies

These soft and buttery Sugar Cookies taste like they came from a bakery!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 180kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened but still cool to the touch
  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour SEE NOTE
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar for rolling dough balls


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (this helps the cookies from spreading).
  • Using an hand mixer, or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,  beat butter and sugar for 1-2 minutes, until light and creamy. Add extracts, egg and egg yolk, and beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour (see note), baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  • Place ½ cup sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Scoop dough into 1-½ tablespoon balls (I use a cookie scoop), and roll in the sugar. 
    Space dough balls about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. 
    Optional: For flat cookies: Use the bottom of a glass to flatten each ball of dough. If you do not flatten them they will be slightly puffy with a thicker center.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, until the edges are set and the center is just slightly underdone (for soft cookies). The cookies should still be light in color, not brown. I recommend rotating the baking sheets from front to back and top to bottom once during bake time. Place the baking sheets on wire racks to cool. Allow the baking sheets to cool completely between batches.



TO PROPERLY MEASURE FLOUR: Fluff the flour with your measuring cup, scoop a heaping portion and level it off with the back of a knife.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.7mg