Sugar Cookies – Homemade

My Sugar Cookie Recipe

I’m not sure where the recipe came from exactly, it may have been handed down from my Grandma’s Grandma… or maybe it was taken from an old Canadian Living Magazine. I’m not sure. What I do know is that it never fails… even when you almost forget the vanilla and add it at the last minute (I’ve done that!). It really helps to have all ingredients before you start, to avoid last minute trips to the grocery store or visits to the neighbour for sugar or eggs (’cause we’ve all done that!).
Getting the kids involved is all part of the experience. They love placing the cookie cutters and I’ve learned to help optimize the roll out of the dough by placing multiple cookie cutters together before applying pressure.


The cookies keep their shape well. These ones are straight out of the oven and slightly inflated. They will settle as they cool, ready to decorate!

Never Fail Sugar Cookies – Recipe

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat softened butter, and eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until crumbly. Then combine with hands until round ball. Divide into two sections. Flatten onto plastic wrap and then wrap. Cool in fridge for 1 hour. Roll out one section at a time on floured board until 5mm thick. Cut out and place on cookie sheets (either on parchment or baking non stick sheets, or buttered sheets) with 1-2 cm spacing to allow for expansion. Cook at 350 fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Cool and place on racks before icing (if desired.)