How to make vanilla sugar cookies

vanilla sugar cookies

I have had so many request on the recipe that I use when I make sugar cookies. I know there are a few popular cookie recipes out there such as the “NFSC” (No Fail Sugar Cookies) I have tried the recipe but I failed so badly with it. So what works for me is a shortbread type of cookie without baking powder. The best one, is a recipe that I have slightly adapted from Peggy Porschens fabulous cake book.

Most sugar cookies is made with sugar only. But I like to add confectioners sugar to the recipe aswell. Of course you can use only sugar for the recipe if you like.

You can make this cookie dough on the mixer but if you dont have one then it is just as easy and quick to make it with a spoon and clean hands ;-) Either way it is important that you dont overwork the dough because that can cause the cookies to spread more during baking. Use a pair of spacers (mine are from PME) when rolling out the cookie dough. This gives a perfect thickness to your cookies especially if you are making cookie lolly pop’s.

I know many like to roll out the soft dough between two sheets of parchment paper as soon it has been made and then chill the dough before cutting. Well my refrigerator is not that big to do that, so what I do is simply to take out the cold dough. Knead it lightly, roll out the dough and cut out the cookies. The most important is that you find a way that works the best for you. If the dough should get to soft. Wrap it up and put it back in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.



You can read and learn more about cookie making and decoration techniques here:
How to make a cookie template
How to make royal icing
How to make marshmallow fondant
How to flood a cookie with royal icing
How to make a butterfly cookie
How to make a Christmas cookie ornament
How to make a Christmas wreath cookie

Happy Caking


Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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  1. says

    You really have a natural talent for making your sweets look beautiful and elegant. I found you through The Back Burner and plan to read your blog on a regular basis. Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Louise says

    Lyndsay: Yeah and all the work decorating them and then they are eaten in no time lol!

    erica: Thank you

    Ash: Thank you too.

    Jodi: I hope you like it.

    Carla: Thats what my blog is for helping other cake freaks :-)

  3. Carla says

    Hello Louise, congratulations for your blog!!! I’m from Brazil and I’m starting on cake designing. I’m sure that your blog will help me many times. Best regards!!

  4. says

    hi louise! great photos! oh, the pain and the agony of the sugar cookie… ! they always look splendid when they’re finished though! they are lots of work!

  5. Louise says

    Jim: I like them best with CS only and I often just eat them plain.

    becky: Awww you poor thing. Be nice to the vending machine :-) I was just wondering if you have received something……? Im will not say anymore.

  6. becky says

    OK, I am reading this while at work…I’m starving and there are no sugar cookies here. :( I might have to go buy oreos from the vending machine.
    I will make sugar cookies this weekend!!! thank you, Louise!!!!


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