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The Best Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Mel
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 dozen 1x


The best soft sugar cookies! These stay soft, are freezer friendly, and perfect for cut-out cookies!


  • 1 lb. margarine (or butter) *see notes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cream eggs, margarine, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining ingredients one at a time.
  3. Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick on a powdered-sugar surface and cut into holiday shapes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes. For soft cookies, don't overbake!


If you plan to freeze the cookies before decorating, be sure to layer with wax paper so the cookies don't stick together when you remove them.

The original recipe calls for margarine and while many prefer to use margarine over butter in this recipe, I don't usually  have margarine on hand. I have used butter as a replacement and the recipe works just as well. I really think it's a matter of preference. But you can't go wrong either way.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Desserts

Keywords: sugar cookie, valentine's day cookies, cut out cookies, best sugar cookie