3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Quick, Easy and delicious sugar cookies made with just 3 ingredients – butter, flour and sugar! Can’t get easier than that!!

If you love sugar cookies, you’ll also love our famous recipe for soft sugar cookies and our sugar cookie bars.

3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Just a Few Ingredients!

We love sugar cookies – and we love when yummy recipes only require a few ingredients.

Put those two together and we ESPECIALLY love  yummy cookies that take just a few pantry staples, and today’s recipe is just that. Delicious, butter-y cookies that call for just butter, sugar and flour. We decided to add some almond extract because it’s our favorite, and for the kids – some sprinkles.

The result was amazing! The cookies were crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and a hit with the whole family!

3 ingredient sugar cookie dough balls

How to Make 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Like I said – SO EASY to make! Begin by preheating the oven to 325.

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until combined. Then, you’ll add the flour and almond (if you want to) and mix well.

At this point, you’ll most likely need to get in there with your hands and mix until a dough forms. Roll into 1 – 1.5 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Dip the bottom of a cup into sugar and then press the balls down. If adding sprinkles, add now and lightly push into the top. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden on the bottom.

Let set for at least 10-15 minutes before eating.

How to make 3 ingredient sugar cookies

Recipe FAQ

Can you make them without butter? If you don’t have butter you can try to use canola oil. This will get the “fat” that you need in the recipe, but you may need to experiment with using more flour because the substance from the butter is not there. 

Can you make these for cut out cookies? Unfortunately you can’t use this recipe for cut out cookies. It doesn’t bind super well since it doesn’t have eggs so you risk the cookies falling apart when you try to use a cookie cutter. They may also burn and turn crispy too quick.

How to decorate: They would be delicious to cover in lots of frosting! Other than that you can press some sprinkles onto the cookies before baking them for some sort of decoration.

How to store cookies? Store sugar cookies in an airtight container on the counter. They should last 3-5 days. If you are worried about them drying out then you should store them with a piece of bread. Then the bread will become stale instead of the sugar cookies.

Three ingredient sugar cookies

To Frost or Not to Frost?

We loved these cookies as is!

Having said that – we know that frosting just makes cookies better sometimes. If you want to add frosting, we suggest using our favorite sugar cookie frosting recipe, which is a combination of:

  • softened butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • almond extract

So good!! You could also make a glaze, which is typically made with powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe

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3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe

4.48 from 34 votes
Quick, easy and delicious sugar cookies made with just 3 ingredients - butter, sugar and flour.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 170 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour (may need ¼ cup more)
  • 1 tsp almond extract optional
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Mix butter and sugar in a medium bowl until combined.
  • Add flour and almond (if adding) and mix well. You will need to use your hands to make sure it gets combined to form a dough.
  • Roll into 1 - 1.5 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Dip the bottom of a cup into sugar and then press the balls down. If adding sprinkles, add now and lightly push into the top.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Let set for at least 10-15 minutes before eating.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

    1. I don’t usually use self-rise. I stick to all-purpose. I am sure either would work, but not sure how the self-rise ones would turn out.

    1. It will need something to replace those, so I would google what good substitutes would be. I haven’t ever left it out.

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe thank you! Came out perfect! Can you freeze the dough? And if so are the baking instructions the same once dough thaws?

    1. Thank you! I have not tried freezing this specific recipe. I would need to freeze a couple & see how they turn out.

  2. 4 stars
    I followed the recipe with 2 cups of AP flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 cup butter, and 1 tsp vanilla. It was overly dry and crumbly. I added 1 egg and they came out perfect. I love finding recipes with few ingredients that I already have in the house! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. 4 stars
    These were pretty good, I added an egg and a 2 Tablespoons because they were so dry. I also did lemon extract instead of almond extract. I’m making lemon frosting, too.

    1. Hi Jenn! We do include the measurements in the recipe card. At the top of the post, you can click on “Jump to Recipe” and it’ll take you straight there. Here are the measurements for you for a quick reference as well. 🙂
      1 cup butter softened
      2/3 cup sugar
      2 cups flour (may need 1/4 cup more)
      1 tsp almond extract optional
      sprinkles optional

  4. 1 star
    This recipe is horrible. If you want to ruin your tastebuds and try to make them, at least don’t put any almond anything in it. Please.

    1. We’re sorry to hear you weren’t a fan of this particular recipe. Almond is a flavor that some love and some don’t… you could certainly leave it out or swap it for another extract that you prefer. Thanks for your feedback.

    1. Yes you can. I like to use my hands once I have stirred a bit to really combine everything, but you can certainly use a spoon too.

    1. I haven’t tried adding nuts, but you could probably press a few into the top (replacing the sprinkles). You’ll have to let us know how they turn out if you do add the nuts.

    1. 1 cup butter softened
      2/3 cup sugar
      2 cups flour (may need 1/4 cup more)
      1 tsp almond extract optional
      sprinkles optional

      At the very top of the post, there is a button that will “Jump to Recipe” and it’ll take you right to those measurements too. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. I tried it according to the recipe first, then added an egg. They both turned out amazing and delicious.

  6. 3 stars
    Amazing cookies! The first time I made these they tasted like pure flour so in the next batch I used more sugar. Worked great, thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. You’re welcome! Glad you were able to modify to the flavor you enjoyed. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

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