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The Best Sugar Cookies

Soft and delicious sugar cookies that will become a family-favorite!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 24
Author Holly


  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar (divided)
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 drops red food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 3 large cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tarter. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter, 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar and the powdered sugar together until light and fluffy; about 1 minute. Slowly add in oil while mixer is on. Add in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to the wet mixture until just combined.
  • Roll dough into 2-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheets. (I fit 8 balls per cookie sheet)
  • Pour the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar into a small bowl. Take a drinking glass that is about 3 inches wide, and dip the bottom of the glass into the sugar. Press the glass into the ball of dough to flatten dough into 1/2 inch thickness. (This will give the dough the jagged edges) Repeat process with all dough balls.
  • Bake cookies for only 8 to 9 minutes. Don't overbake. The short baking time is what makes them soft and amazing! Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheets. No need to transfer to wire rack. Cool cookies completely. Once cooled store covered in fridge until ready to frost and eat. (you can store them at room temperature, but we prefer them cold)


  • Place butter, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat until combined and creamy. I beat mine for at least a minute or two. Add milk and gradually beat in all of the powdered sugar until it's all combined. Add the drops of food coloring and beat again until color is thoroughly mixed in.
  • Frost cookies and serve!


*These cookies are amazing served at room temperature or cold. We prefer to store them covered tightly in the refrigerator then eat them frosted and cold! Yum