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Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies, cutout cookies, Christmas cookies
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
Calories: 1821kcal
Author: Laureen King
After years of making sugar cookies this is my Best Ever Sugar Cookies recipe. Very tasty and perfect for decorating!
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  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
  • 2 eggs + extra yolk
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin spice OR 1 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp orange zest if using cardamom spice


  • Sift together flour, salt and pumpkin spice. (see notes for Cardamom orange flavour)
  • Using electric mixer beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 5 mins.
  • Add vanilla bean and mix well.
  • Add eggs and combine well.
  • Slowly add the flour mix a bit at a time.
  • Separate dough into 2 separate pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • On floured work surface roll disk out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cut out with cookie cutter shape of your choice and transfer to baking sheet.
  • Place cookie sheet in freezer for about 5 minutes or refrigerator for 10 mins. (this helps cookies hold their shape and not spread out).
  • Bake 8-10 minutes (just until edges start to brown).
  • Cool completely and decorate with Royal Icing.


*For Cardamom Orange flavour add cardamom spice to flour mixture and orange zest after combining butter and sugar.
*you can substitute 1 tsp vanilla for vanilla bean


Calories: 1821kcal | Carbohydrates: 221g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 96g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 353mg | Sodium: 1631mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 100g | Vitamin A: 2995IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 8mg