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Sugar Cookie Recipe

An easy sugar cookie recipe with a glaze icing that tastes good and is simple to apply. And sprinkles, of course!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Easy Sugar Cookie Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract


  • In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In bowl of stand mixer, cream butter for about five minutes. Add sugar and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl frequently. Add egg and egg yolk and beat about a minute. Add vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Turn mixer down to low and gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Divide dough into equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes or until needed, up to two days.
  • When ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 350. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to soften a bit.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough to desired thickness, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. I like thick cookies so I use 1/2 inch. Place cookies on prepared baking sheet and bake 9-11 minutes, depending on thickness of dough. The cookies should not turn brown but be lightly colored at the edges. Don't overcook or cookies will be dry.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before icing.

To Make Easy Sugar Cookie Icing:

  • Stir half-and-half or milk and vanilla or almond extract into powdered sugar until smooth with no lumps. Divide into small bowls if you want to make multiple colors and add drops of gel food coloring to achieve desired color.
  • Using a small sponge brush, paint icing on cookies. I usually do one layer on a couple of cookies then go back and do another layer to give it a little thickness. Then add sprinkles and allow cookies to dry completely before storing.
  • Cookies will keep 3-4 days, although I've never known anyone to keep them that long.