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How To Make Sugar Cookies From Scratch

Updated on August 22, 2016
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A lot of people are wondering how to make sugar cookies from scratch. The truth is sugar cookies are rather easy to make and don't require complicated ingredients or too much time. Besides they are very tasty and nice looking, so are great not only as a small treat for yourself, but for guests and parties as well. Today I'll be sharing a photo recipe of how to make sugar cookies.


How To Make Sugar Cookies From Scratch

Mix butter with sugar, vanilla sugar, and sour cream.
Mix butter with sugar, vanilla sugar, and sour cream.
Add flour and baking yeast, knead the dough.
Add flour and baking yeast, knead the dough.
When dough is ready, roll it and sprinkle with sugar.
When dough is ready, roll it and sprinkle with sugar.
Cut the cookies.
Cut the cookies.
Bake them.
Bake them.

The History Of Cookie

The first trace of cookies goes to Persia (now Iran) 7 century AD. Persian Empire was rich on sugar cane, which also spread to the Eastern Mediterranean. During the Crusades, it spread to all parts of Europe. After that the history lost the trace of cookie up until the end of the 14 century. During the Renaissance, there were a lot of culinary books with cookies recipes. Later on, cookies became extremely popular especially among the travelers and conquerors. It did not perish as quickly as most of the food and was a must-have on the board of any ship. Today cookies are pretty common in every kitchen. We accompany coffer or tea with them, eat them as a dessert or use as giveaways after parties. It is possible to buy cookies in any bakery or supermarket, but as it usually is, homemade cookies are much tastier and healthier. So let's see how to make sugar cookies from scratch in the convenience of your home.

Cook Time

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 70-80 sugar cookies


  • 10.5 oz (300 g) of sour cream (10-25%)
  • 5.3 oz (150 g) of sugar
  • 7 oz (200 g ) of butter or margarine
  • 21-23 oz (600-650 g) of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar


  1. Mash and mix butter with sugar and vanilla sugar.
  2. Add sour cream and mix.
  3. Add baking yeast and flour, knead not very hard dough.
  4. Cover dough with plastic and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. In 30 minutes, roll the dough approximately 5 millimeters thick (1/5 of inch).
  6. Sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Cut different figures from dough using cookie cutters.
  8. Put baking paper on the baking tray and put ready to bake cookie on it.
  9. Place into the heated oven - 355 F (180 C) and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden.

To decorate your sugar cookies, you can use vanilla frosting.

If you liked this recipe, be sure to check some other baking recipes:

Armenia baklava recipe - a recipe of a sweet layered pastry with chopped walnuts, syrup or honey which is common to the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

Pampushky recipe - Ukrainian buns made of yeast dough and, depending on the ingredients, used as an addition to borscht, or as a dessert.


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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Cookies made from scratch are always the best. I'll have to try it some time!