Best Sugar Cookies

Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!! These homemade sugar cookies are so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond. Everyone is obsessed with these delicious sugar cookies.

Sugar cookies are our all-time favorite cookie!! If you feel the same, you’ll love our sugar cookie bars and no roll sugar cookies.

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

so soft and so good!

I LOVE homemade cookies, and especially sugar cookies! But, I’m also kinda picky about them.

  • They cannot be crunchy. They have to be super SOFT!
  • Frosting to Cookie Ratio needs to be spot on.
  • Hints of almond are always a must (If you’ve never had a cookie with a hint of almond extract, you haven’t truly lived.)

Fortunately, my mom found the BEST Sugar Cookie recipe years ago and we’ve been making them ever since. In fact, they are so good that we get requests to make them for different events and/or wedding receptions. They’re really just that good. In my opinion, the reason this cookie recipe is so good is because it meets all of my above requirements. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Since my mom had these cookies down to a science, I was always a little intimidated to try this recipe. I’m glad I got over that, because we make them all the time now.

Make sugar cookies by creaming together the butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond extract in a large bowl. Mix until fluffy. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until soft dough forms.

Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to about ⅜″ thick. Cut with a cookie cutter and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Recipe Tips + Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure these cookies turn out nice and soft:

  • When making your dough, do not handle it too much. Over-mixing the dough can make it tough.
  • Roll out the dough to about ⅜″ thick. Thinner dough will cook too fast, making crunchy cookies.

What to do when sugar cookie dough is too dry? If your dough is literally crumbling apart and cracking as you try to roll it, the best thing to do is sprinkle on small amounts of water (water is least likely to change the form of the cookie dough as it bakes) and knead it in until the dough stops breaking. Be careful to not overdo it and make it gooey!

What to do when sugar cookie dough is too sticky? Make sure you use proper techniques when measuring out your flour so that you get the correct amount that the recipe calls for. If you need to add extra flour, sprinkle in small amounts at a time, until you get the right consistency.

How to Make Sugar Cookies - sugar cookie dough

our favorite Frosting

Everyone has different preferences on their sugar cookie icing. Some like cream cheese frosting, and one of our favorite’s is the one we use on our Carrot Cake recipe.

Because there is cream cheese in the cookie recipe, we like this classic sugar cookie frosting, which includes:

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • almond extract
  • food coloring (optional)

To make the frosting, mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer. Add more milk until it’s the consistency you desire most. And you can add food coloring if you want to. Top it with some delicious jimmy sprinkles, and you’re set!!

Sugar Cookie Frosting

How to store sugar cookies

We recommend STORING them in an air-tight container (after the frosting has set) and keep them on the counter. They should last for up to 4-5 days. You can extend this by a day or two with putting them in the fridge.

If you’re planning on FREEZING your cookies, try to freeze them before you add the frosting. They’ll hold up better unfrosted. Either way, stack them in an airtight container separated by sheets of wax paper. They should stay good for up to 3 months.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

I could seriously eat a dozen of these sugar cookies! They are just so soft, so flavorful and so delicious! I highly recommend these cookies and would love to get your feedback. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

4.9 from 47 votes
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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 292 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.
  • Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about โ…œ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}
  • Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan. Let cool.
  • Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk. Frost cookies and ENJOY!


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My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ 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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  1. I have not tried this recipe, but if what you are going to make is just round cookies as shown, you can also roll the dough into a log as big around as you want your cookies, wrap it in saran wrap and throw it in the fridge for a few hours or over night. Then just slice and bake as usual. It avoids the too much handling issue, which can make them harder, and cooking straight from fridge cold seems to make them softer too.

  2. Those look wonderful; just like the ones I see in the store that I can't have because of allergies. I'll tuck this recipe away. Thanks.

  3. I was smiling along with your “requirements” for cookies – I couldn’t agree more! I am totally intrigued by the soft mat it looks like you are rolling out your dough on – can you enlighten me as to what that is and where I can buy one? I usually roll out right on my counters but this looks like something I need!

  4. Ialso have to have them soft….i may just try this…i never make them b/c they are never up to my standards! Interesting that your mom rolls them out onto a cloth instead of the table. They look nice and thick from the start–another good reminder!

  5. I also agree with adding almond extract. It makes all the difference. Almond extract added to angel food cake mix makes a huge difference also.

  6. I’m not sure if you’ve already answered this, but is it just 3 oz. of cream cheese, or do you use the whole 8 oz. block?

  7. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you don’t specify when to add the egg and extract in the directions. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure it is right after you cream the butter and sugars but I thought I would let you know! These look soo yummy- we are going to try them this afternoon! Hope you have a great day!

  8. que niรฑas mรกs lindas, que pinta tienen todas tus recetas, tus fotos!!!waw…. un beso desde Espaรฑa!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Cream cheese usually comes in 8 oz. packages. Do we use the whole package or just 3 ounces? Thanks. I’d love to make these with my kids.

  10. 5 stars
    I made these for my family last night. They turned out great! They were so soft. The icing was great too, I made mine purple. (:

    1. This recipe is an all-time favorite!! And we are HUGE fans of soft sugar cookies. ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad your family liked them!

  11. Hi, thanks for this recipe! I want to make these for Easter this weekend and had two questions: Does the dough need to be refrigerated (and for how long if so) and does it have to be rolled out or could I just drop them onto a cookie sheet? If you had time to answer, that would be great!! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. For this particular recipe I recommend rolling out (and not too think… 3/8″ is usually perfect)… I do have a recipe for Drop Sugar Cookies but have not posted that yet. And this recipe does not need to be refrigerated. Good luck!!!

      1. I’m making these cookies with a group and have to ask if the cream cheese amount is just a misprint? Your recipe is recommending “1 package (3oz) cream cheese (softened)”, but cream cheese is usually sold in an 8oz package. They’ll be part of a Get-Well Soon package… I’m going to try the recipe with 8oz first and hope for the best. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Hi there I just made these cookies and they are ao sticky that I can even touch them with out it sticking on my fingers :/ should I add more flour?

  13. Just saw the recipe for the soft sugar cookies, my son loves the ones you can get in the grocery store, but a little expensive. So now I can make them for him :). I do have a question, when do you add the egg and the almond extract? Thanks again for a delicious looking recipe. Have a wonderful day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. These look so good. I do have a question though. Would it be ok to double the vanilla and not use the almond extract in case someone can not have it? Thank you so much!

    1. I personally haven’t done that, so I’m not sure if that would make it too vanilla-y or not. I wish I could say. I do love vanilla though!

    1. I guess it depends on how big you make them. You can get 2 dozen or more. Hope that helps! Hope you also like this recipe!

    1. I know for me, if my cursor is over the picture, the PIN button will appear. You should be able to PIN any recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. For the sugar cookie icing, does it harden to where they can be stacked or placed in treat bags and not look smooshed?

    1. They do hardened, but it doesn’t get hard, if that makes sense. I would definitely frost them in the morning or night before, depending on when you need to stack or put them in sacks.

  16. A hint I learned from my mother (who got it from herโ€™s): Mix 1/2 powdered sugar and 1/2 flour to roll the cookie dough out on.

  17. 5 stars
    I’m pretty particular about sugar cookies. They take too much time and effort UNLESS you’ve got a good recipe then it’s totally worth it. This recipe has quickly become my favorite: Valentines cookies, Christmas cookies, and just because they’re so good cookies.

  18. 5 stars
    Sugar cookies are my favorite! I’ve never wanted to make them, because I hate when they need to be refrigerated or the recipe looks too difficult, but these were easy to make & so soft!! I am so glad I found this recipe!!

  19. 5 stars
    I love sugaR cookies! These are soft and so good with the frosting. They may take a little more time because you have to roll them out but definetly worth the Effort.

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe has never steared US wrong. And we love the cream cheese frosting. These sugar cookies taste like a true Bakery style cookie. Not sure we’ll ever use another recipe again!

  21. 5 stars
    I never have luck with sugar cookies, but with this recipe i did!!! They are so soft and they taSte deliCious!!! We will make again for sure!!!

  22. I made these cookies today and they are wonderful!! The only problem i had was when i went to cut the cookies out with my cute christmaS cookie Cutters, they wouldnโ€™t stay together. Its alMost as if the dough wasnโ€™t hard enough. Any pointers?

  23. 5 stars
    I made these cookies with my son for xmas and they are delicious! I did have one question though. We didn’t use all the icing when we did the cookies and I was wondering how long the icing would last in the fridge before I would have to make more?

  24. 5 stars
    Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! Sugar cookies are the next best thing. These are incredibly soft and have a hint of almond. They take a little more to make but are so worth it.

  25. 5 stars
    These sugar cookies really do look perfect. I’ve never put cream cheese in a sugar cookie, but maybe that is the trick!

  26. 5 stars
    I was just telling my mom ive only made sugar cookIes twice in 12 years (i have deprived children) beCause they take so long, but this Recipe was quick and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  27. 5 stars

    1. It stuck together, so you couldn’t use the cutters or it stuck to the counter when you rolled it out? Did you use enough flour & powdered sugar? It shouldn’t have been too sticky.

  28. 5 stars
    This recipe is the real deal! I don’t consider myself a baker by any means and rarely bake at home, however, with the Christmas season upon us and having my son who is 3 I thought it would be nice to try not hand at it. This recipe is called “the best” for good reason! The flavor is truly delightful with the notes of almond extract and cream cheese. I’ve never had anything quite like it. And although the directions state the serving size is 24, ibwas able to bake 3 dozen cookies from this and still have a little bit of dough left over. My son and husband love it and I can’t wait to share it with my co-workers. My only con is that I did find the dough when I originally made it very sticky and soft and I had to add more flour. I was worries about over handling the dough but it turned out just fine! This will certainly not be the last time I make these cookies. Thank you, lil’ Luna!

  29. 5 stars
    I made theses for my granddaughter ‘S B-DAY PARTY 2 WEEKS AGO AND MY SON CALLED ME TONIGHT wanting me to make them for his Superbowl party this SUNDAY. He said everyone RAVED about THEM ? GO CHIEFS!

    1. You can use vanilla extract, instead of the almond & a lot of people like to use Greek yogurt for cream cheese, though I have not tried.

  30. When I make cut-out sugar cookies, I like to add Orange flavoring to the frosting. Yum. I bet the almond is good, too.

  31. Hi, im going to make this recipe soon. Do you think it would work if i put baking m&m in the batter?

  32. Will this recipe hold christmas cookie cutter shapes such as candy cane, snow man, snow flake? Or is it too soft for these types of shapes?

  33. 5 stars
    Hi Kristyn,
    I made these tonight and they were the most delicious sugar cookies we’ve ever had!! I did put most of the cookies in the freezer for Christmas time and plan on frosting them once they thaw out. Question? Can I freeze the icing that I made tonight, also? Wasnt sure if it would hold up. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It came out perfectly!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Awe, thank you!! You know, I have not tried freezing the frosting. Not sure how it holds up. I’m sorry, I wish I knew ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 5 stars
    YUM!!! I’m picky about my sugar cookies!! These are delicious! Will be saving This recipe and adding them to my favorites!๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’—

  35. The instructions donโ€™t mention putting the cookie dough in the frig. I would highly recommend this step as rolling out the dough will be difficult and cooling out prior will help rolling out dough easier.

  36. 5 stars
    Love these recipes! The pages are perfectly laid out, very organized and every single recipe is so very easy to follow. Thank you

  37. Any tips on how to roll out the dough. We refrigerated it and when rolling out it stuck to the counter, rolling pin and cookie cutters. Would appreciate your advice.

    1. I put parchment paper down on the counter top and place another piece of parchment paper on top. That way the dough is only touching the paper and not the counter itself or the rolling pin. Plus easy clean up!

      1. 1 star
        I tried that. Did you take the parchment paper off after you were done rolling? When I did it, half of it stuck to the top piece, and it wouldnโ€™t come off the bottom. I had to throw it all away and find a different sugar cookie recipe.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ What did you do to make yours work?

  38. Can you please tell me if these cookies have to be refrigerated after there baked because of the cream cheese? Can they be stored in the cupboard?

  39. 5 stars
    I used to always think my sugar cookies were the best, but I decided to give this recipe a try. Wow! They were so good and have now become my favorite sugar cookie recipe!

  40. 5 stars
    These cookies were so easy to make and delicious. The frosting is amazing and my kiddos had the best time decorating.

  41. Anyone know if the cookies spread much in the oven (how close can i put them together)? Also, is the icing pipe-able, and does it set up hard so you can stack them after being iced Thanks in advance!

    1. They don’t spread really greater than the size of cutting them out & the icing doesn’t get hard, so I wouldn’t really stack them. You can try adding more powdered sugar to make them easier to pipe.

    2. 5 stars
      This is now my go-to sugar cookie recipe! It’s amazing and I get so many compliments! I even get orders to make these for friend’s events! I do chill my dough prior to rolling out. I prefer overnight. Then I sprinkle just enough flour on both sides of the dough while rolling it out so that it doesn’t stick to the counter or rolling pin. I do like mine just a bit thicker than the recipe mentions. It’s everyone’s favorite part- how thick and soft they are! If you’ve had trouble with the recipe, try again. This one is a keeper!!

      1. Thank you so much!! How awesome that you even get cookie orders with the recipe. I love how soft they are too! Thanks so much for sharing. Glad you love the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I do not. Sorry about that! There are several metric conversion charts that can be found on the internet that use a metric converter to convert measurements for you. If you search “metric conversion charts” you can find the one that you like the best. Hope this helps!

  42. I’ve never had a problem with it being too sticky, but yes, you can a little at a time, until it’s the right consistency. Thanks for trying them!