Sugar Cookie Ideas

These delicious cut or drop sugar cookie ideas are perfect for frosting or icing! Just add some sprinkles and pour a cold glass of milk.

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A collage of sugar cookie ideas

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Sugar cookies are perfectly decorate-able and can be customized for ANY season or holiday! Whether you are rolling or cutting, sugar cookies are worth the effort (at least in our book). 😉

In fact, they’re my favorite cookie, and we’ve been making our famous sugar cookie recipe since I was little.

Today, we wanted to put all of our BEST sugar cookies in one spot!

I have a whole collection of sugar cookie ideas, ranging from frosted to unfrosted, traditional to holiday themed. Make sure you check out the list, but before you do, take a look at these tips for making perfect sugar cookies!

Heart shaped sugar cookies on a wooden surface

Mixing tips:

  • Use softened, but still cold butter
  • Measure out dry ingredients.
  • Don’t overmix. Mixing further activates gluten, which leads to a tougher dough.
  • If a recipe calls for chilling the dough don’t skip that step! Chilling will help give the cookies the perfect shape

Rolling the dough: Many recipes ask you to roll the dough into manageable sized disks and to chill them. Dividing the dough before rolling is a great process and one you can do even if the recipe doesn’t specifically call for it. 

  • Be careful that you don’t overwork the dough for the same reason you don’t want to over mix it–it will get tough.
  • I like to roll my dough to about ⅜” thick. Any thinner than that and the cookies will be more crisp and crunchy. 

Cutting: If you are making all the same shape and sized cookies you can go ahead and start stamping out the cookies. If you are using different sizes and shapes then I suggest setting the different shapes gently on top of the dough to figure out how to best utilize the space. Once done, stamp out the cookies. 

  • You can dip the cookie cutters in flour before stamping the dough
  • Save the scraps to roll out for more cookies

Baking tip: Be sure to place the different sized cookies onto different pans. Bake larger cut outs together and smaller cutouts together otherwise smaller cookies will burn before the larger cookies are done. 

  • In general you don’t want your cookies to brown at all. To be safe, under-bake just a bit. The cookies will finish baking to perfection as they cool on the hot pan.
  • While one sheet of cookies is baking, prepare another sheet so that you can pop it in as soon as the oven is free.
  • Different ovens can cook at different rates. When making a new recipe I always start checking the food 2-3 minutes before the suggested cook time.
Pink frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles

To Frost or Ice

Royal Icing: Use royal icing when you want to “color” the cookies. You can make different consistencies that will help you draw shapes/features onto the cookie and then fill them in. Royal icing must have time to set before you store them. Depending on the environment of the room this can take anywhere from 3-8 hours. 

Sugar Cookie Frosting: This is a delicious and easy frosting to use when you just want to spread the frosting on the cookie and then add sprinkles or other candies. It is also a great frosting to use when you want to use piping tips to make different shapes with the frosting.  

Storing Tips

Store sugar cookies in different forms and in different ways:

  • Dough: You can make the dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer. I suggest dividing the dough into smaller sections. From here you can either roll out the sections into a log or roll out disks. Wrap the sections with plastic wrap and, if freezing, wrap again with foil. Store in the fridge for 1-2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw before finishing the recipe.
  • Baked: You can store baked cookies frosted or plain. For frosted cookies be sure that you let the frosting set before you store them and use parchment or wax paper to separate layers. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days or in the freezer for 3-6 months. If they are individually wrapped they may last even longer.  Note: Sugar cookies with candies on top don’t always freeze the best.

Chewy sugar cookies stacked on a plate

This list of sugar cookies contains both “no roll” sugar cookie recipes, and recipes that require rolling and cutting with cookie cutters. Both are great depending on what you need for the occasion!

Dessert Valentine Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and sweet valentine sugar cookies are the perfect way to say I love you! They are super simple and make a great treat for gifting.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family.
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Dessert Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Recipe
Cream cheese sugar cookies are a perfectly soft, melt-in-your-mouth cutout cookie! They are easy to make and fun to decorate.
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Dessert Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and delicious thanksgiving sugar cookies are perfect for all of your celebrations. Decorated like turkeys, they are super cute and easy to create!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Halloween Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft and sweet Halloween sugar cookies that will melt in your mouth. Not only are the cookies delicious, but they are great for parties, carnivals and fall festivals.
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Peppermint Sugar Cookies Recipe
Peppermint Sugar Cookies – the softest sugar cookie with hints of peppermint and topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and candy cane pieces.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone loves these delicious sugar cookies.
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.9 from 47 votes
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Dessert Lofthouse Cookies Recipe
Now you can make soft and delicious Lofthouse Sugar Cookies with this copycat recipe! So soft and yummy.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Amish Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amish Sugar Cookies are uncomplicated, simple and elegant. This quick cookie is deliciously soft and thick!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Copycat Swig Cookies Recipe
Make Swig's famous sugar cookies from home with this copycat recipe! These Copycat Swig Cookies are THICK and delicious, topped with a creamy frosting.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Easter Sugar Cookies Recipe
Super cute and delicious Bird's Nest Easter Sugar Cookies include a yummy sugar cookie, creamy frosting, sprinkles, shredded coconut, and Cadbury Eggs.
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Dessert Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe
These Chewy Sugar Cookies are SO yummy! A hint of almond extract and a bit of glaze makes these cookies irresistible!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Dessert No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe
Super easy and delicious NO ROLL Sugar Cookies with a delicious frosting. No rolling pin needed for these – just drop and bake!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Dessert Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe
These Lemon Sugar Cookies are buttery and soft, with the perfect hint of lemon. The lemon frosting makes them over the top delicious. A perfect cookie recipe for lemon lovers!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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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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