Basic Sugar Cookies

My go-to holiday cookie is the basic (but delicious) sugar cookie! I love making them for all holidays as I find they are super easy to make, require simple ingredients, and I have fun decorating them with a royal icing glaze! They are always a hit too! Another reason I love these sugar cookies – no chilling of the dough required!

I always decorate my sugar cookies with royal icing. I’ve used an egg white recipe before but I just recently bought a big container of meringue powder so interested to see how it works out that way!

Do you have a go-to holiday cookie or baking recipe?

Basic Sugar Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In an electric stand mixer bowl, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients a little at a time. Dough will start to become stiff, once too stiff, you can turn mixer off and knead in the last of the flour mixture by hand.
  4. Divide the dough in smaller batches and roll out onto a floured surface. Cut out desired shapes and place onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake cookies for 6-8 minutes or until edges are slightly golden. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transfering to cooling rack. Decorate cookies with your favourite icing or eat them as is, enjoy!

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