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How to Make the Perfect Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Chrissi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 8-10
  • Total Time: 26 minute
  • Yield: 12-15 standard sized cutout cookies 1x


Whether you’re a seasoned baker or novice in the kitchen, I’m sharing with you how to make the perfect sugar cookies- so easy and delicious, anyone can do it!




  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Royal Icing Border (thick)-

  • 16 oz. powder sugar (1/2 bag)
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 56 Tablespoons warm water

Royal Icing Flood (thinner)-

  • 16 oz. powder sugar (1/2 bag)
  • 3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 78 Tablespoons warm water

* Royal Icing border is to outline cookies, flooding is the colored royal icing. 

**I usually mix up the flood in a big bowl and then scoop out little bits into small cups with the food coloring and pour the icing onto the outlined cookie. Use a skewer to move icing around the cookie.

***If you don’t have meringue powder, egg whites can be used as a replacement.



  1. Combine butter and sugar into a bowl and mix well for 2 minutes until combined
  2. Add egg and vanilla- mix well
  3. Slowly add in flour and salt a little at a time and mix for about 4 minutes until cookie dough ball forms.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or up to a week if not needed right away.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F
  6. Take chilled dough out of fridge and place it between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out into a rectangle about 1/4”-1/2” thick
  7. Cut out desired shapes and place on ungreased non stick cookie sheet
  8. Put cookie cutouts back into fridge to chill for 15 minutes
  9. Place cookies the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes

*Cookies will look and feel wet still when they come out. They should be pale in color with a very light tan bottom. They will set up when cool.


Combine all the ingredients into two separate bowls. One should be a thicker consistency for outline and detail work. The other will be thinner for flooding.

*Icing can be made ahead- just bring to room temp before using.


  • Category: Cookies
  • Cuisine: Holiday

Keywords: sugar cookies, royal icing, royal icing recipe, easy sugar cookies with royal icing, perfect sugar cookies for royal icing

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