The Best Sugar Cookies

These are The Best Sugar Cookies and a Holiday favorite.  Soft on the inside with a little crunch on the outside, no chilling required.  Just roll, cut, and bake to pure enjoyment.

Making cookies is so much fun and an easy dessert for people to enjoy.  You should also try these peanut butter thumbprint cookies or the best chewy ginger molasses cookies.

Decorated sugar cookies that have been dipped in dark and white chocolate laid out on a black cookie rack, by The Food Cafe.

The Best Sugar Cookies | The Food Cafe

These are the best no chill sugar cookies that are so easy to make you will use this recipe over and over know matter what the holiday or occasion.  The key ingredient to these sugar cookies recipe is that they are made with sour cream, which makes them soft and chewy on the inside with just the perfect crips texture right around the edges. 

Decorate these sugar cookies any way you like, but dipping them in chocolate is one of my families favorite ways to eat them.

Time and time again I get asked for my sugar cookie recipe because of how delicious they are and how simple the recipe is plus, not having to wait for the dough to chill makes the cookie making process faster so you can start to decorate and eat them sooner.

How do you make sugar cookies? 

  1. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, salt and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sifting flout using a flour sifter into a clear bowl to make sugar cookies, by The Food Cafe.
  2. Using a large bowl cream together butter, sugar, vanilla, and one egg (unbeaten). Two images, the image on the left showing sugar being poured into a clear bowl with butter, vanilla and an egg to be creamed together, the image on the right shows the sugar cookie ingredients creamed together, by The Food Cafe.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and 1/2 cup sour cream to the creamed ingredients and mix until incorporated. Two images show how to make sugar cookies by The Food Cafe. The image on the left shows pouring the dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients and the image on the right shows all the ingredients mixed and incorporated using an electric mixer.
  4. Form the sugar cookie dough into a ball and roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out dough with cookie cutters.  Two images showing how to make the best sugar cookies. The image on the left shows the sugar cookie dough in a ball on a lightly floured silpat ready to roll out, the image on the right shows the sugar cookie dough rolled out and the dough being cut into snowflakes with cookie cutter.
  5. Place sugar cookie cut outs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 6-8 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

How do you decorate sugar cookies?

  1. Once sugar cookies are cool, place dark chocolate and white chocolate melts in two separate microwave safe bowls.  Melt in the microwave 1 minute increments, stirring at each increment until smooth.  Dip half the sugar cookie in chocolate and decorate with your favorite holiday candies.  Let chocolate harden about 5 minutes and serve

two images of the best sugar cookies by The Food Cafe. The image on the left shows the sugar cookies cut out and placed on a silver rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, the image on the right shows the sugar cookies baked with different holiday candy and sprinkles to decorate the cookies with.

How long do sugar cookies last?

Store sugar cookies in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to three weeks.

The best sugar cookies on a piece of white parchment paper with a little girls hand reaching out to grabbing the end of a sugar cookie dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes, by The Food Cafe.

Can you freeze sugar cookies?

  • Yes you can freeze sugar cookies.  Line an airtight container with parchment paper and stack the cookies on top.  Fold parchment paper over the top layer of the cookies and seal with a lid.  Sugar cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.

These simple sugar cookies are perfect to make for family, friends, and neighbors and can be decorated anyway you like.  We also like to make candy bar fudge and rocky road fudge to spread some sweet Holiday cheer.

So bring out the best in your Holiday cookie season and whip up a batch of these decorated sugar cookies for all the cookie monsters in your life.

Decorated sugar cookies with dark chocolate and white chocolate topped with sprinkles and crushes candy canes on a piece of white parchment paper, by The Food Cafe.

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decorated sugar cookies, by The Food Cafe

Decorated sugar cookies on a piece of parchment paper by The Food Cafe

The Best Sugar Cookies

Servings: 24 cookies
These are The Best Sugar Cookies and a Holiday favorite. Soft on the inside with a little crunch on the outside, no chilling required. Just roll, cut, and bake to pure enjoyment.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
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Ingredients

3 ¼ cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg unbeaten
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Dark and white chocolate candy coating
  • Favorite candy toppings

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add sour cream and half of the dry ingredients. Mix for 1 minute. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out sugar cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.
  • Heat chocolate in the microwave in one minute increments, mixing between each increment until melted and smooth. Dip half the sugar cookie into the chocolate and lay on a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with favorite toppings and let set for 5 minutes then serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Author: Shannon

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 174mg, Potassium: 11mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 5.5%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 0.9%, Iron: 0.2%

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