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Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies Recipe

Updated on April 5, 2014
old-fashioned sugar cookies
old-fashioned sugar cookies
5 stars from 2 ratings of Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies have long-been a staple in confection assortments and cookie trays. The glistening sugar and warm sweet aroma of these simple wafers are enough to tempt the strongest willed. I bet you told Grand'ma a fib or two back in your day with your hand caught in the jar. Whether you prefer your sugar cookies super-soft or a bit crunchy, this recipe has you covered!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 24 cookies

Helpful Hint

Cook time estimates above are for prep and bake times. The "ready in" estimate does not account for chilling the cookie dough as instructed in step 5 below.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • a pinch of salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer set to medium speed for approximately 40 seconds.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of your granulated sugar, and beat until it is well combined with the butter.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Beat until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Slowly and gradually beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in the remaining flour.
  5. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate the cookie dough for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Place the remaining sugar on a shallow plate. Roll your balls across the plate to sugarcoat them.
  9. Arrange the balls of cookie dough 2-inches apart on a non-greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake your sugar cookies until they begin to brown slightly (approximately 9-12 minutes).
  11. Transfer your Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies to a wire rack. Allow them to cool.


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    • Karen S Eggemann profile image

      Karen S. Eggemann 4 years ago from California

      I am so pleased to find your recipe. This recipe is perfect. Thank you!

    • Duce Arendell profile image

      Duce Arendell 6 years ago

      Simply Delicious! Your old-fashioned sugar cookies were really easy to make, and taste incredible.

    • harajukuglam profile image

      harajukuglam 7 years ago from Colombiana, USA

      I just realized, when you have no ingredients to make much else in your home, you pretty much ALWAYS have the ingredients for sugar cookies! Thanks for reminding me!