Your Go-To Sugar Cookie Recipe (+ Video)
There are so many recipes that every home baker should have in their online recipe box. When you have kids, a classic sugar cookie is one recipe that you will make many times over the years for birthday parties, family gatherings and just for those days that you feel like making cookies together. This easy 6 ingredient recipe only uses one bowl and once your kitchen helper is old enough, they can handle making up a batch with minimal supervision. My kitchen helper is 5 years old and once he sees all the ingredients set up on the table he always wants to make the recipe on his own. Finally, this recipe allowed me to label each ingredient so he could follow the sequence (as shown in video). He wanted to use all of the cookies cutters once the dough was rolled out, so I opened the box and he had so much fun. The dough was easy to handle and with the use of the silicone mat, each cookie transferred without breaking, which would otherwise frustrate any baker young or old. Minimal ingredients, easy clean up and delicious even without icing are reasons enough to make these your go-to sugar cookie recipe.
Want to take this go-to sugar cookie to the next level. Decorating sugar cookies is an art and Sweet Sugar Belle blog is at great place to start, she’s a master. So much to learn. I adapted this recipe from her site, but it can easily be doubled, just check out the link below.
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Recipe Adapted: Sweet Sugar Belle
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 7-8 mins
- 1 Cup (1 Stick) - Unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 Cup - Confectioner's Sugar
- 1/8 Cup - Applesauce
- 1 1/4 Cup - All Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon - Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon - Salt
- Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (You might have dough for a few more on an additional baking sheet)
- In a large bowl cream together the confectioners sugar and softened butter with a hand mixer
- Mix in the applesauce, then add flour, baking powder and salt
- This dough does not need to be refrigerated!!
- Once the dough comes together, roll out to about 1/4" thick. I use a silicone mat and wax paper on top when rolling out dough
- Bake at 400° for 7-8 minutes or right before the cookies start to brown. If they brown you baked them for too long
- Enjoy the cookies as is, or decorate with your favorite icing. I also used these cookies for ice cream sandwiches (so good)
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 7 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.