Quick and easy sugar cookies made with only 3 pantry ingredients and no egg! So simple and foolproof, you can whip up this sugar cookie recipe anytime. Sweet, buttery, and delicious!
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 15mins
Cool down: 15mins
Total Time: 40mins
1cupunsalted butter, room temperature
2/3cup+ 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2cups+ 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1teaspoonvanilla(optional, but recommended)
rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils(optional, but recommended)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat together butter and 2/3 cup sugar until combined. (It will be a little gritty - that's ok.)
Add in flour and blend well (then blend in the vanilla, if using.)
Using a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
Gently roll the balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until lightly coated; transfer to the baking sheets 2 inches apart.
With the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the balls to flatten. Sprinkle with some nonpareils (if using) and lightly press down again just so they stick. (The dough should end up being between an 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so 3/16 to be exact. They will look pretty small in circumference, but they will spread a bit to a normal size cookie.)
Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.
Remove form the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for at least 10-15 minutes (don't skip this step!) Then eat or transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
TROUBLESHOOTING: see note below
This recipe renders a slightly crunchier sugar cookie, but they should not be dry or crumbly. If they are too dry, make sure you didn't 1) use too much flour 2) make the balls of dough too small 3) flatten them too much, 4) baked them at 350 instead of 325, or 5) baked them too long.For recipe tips, questions, and storage, please refer to the full article. And watch the video, which is a great visual for how to roll and flatten the cookies.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.