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Classic Sugar Cookies

These classic Sugar Cookies are rich, buttery, and chewy.  I’m pretty sure it’s a must that sugar cookies must be consumed during the holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 185kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter 1.5 sticks
  • 2 tablespoons cod vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Basic Royal Icing

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 2 egg whites from large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until just combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Dust a clean work surface with flour. Roll the chilled dough until you reach 1/4 inch in thickness.
  • Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut shapes in the dough and transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until they are set but not browned. Remove from the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

Making the Basic Royal Icing:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice until the mixture is completely smooth. It should have the texture of a glaze (if it's too thin, add a bit more sugar. If it's too thick, add a few drops of lemon juice.)
  • Glaze cookies with a pastry bag fitted with a small medium tip or just by using a spoon. Let the icing harden before serving.
  • The cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Make sure not to overcook! 


Serving: 1cookie | Sodium: 53mg | Calcium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 6IU | Sugar: 9g | Potassium: 8mg | Cholesterol: 37mg | Calories: 185kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 20g