Everyone needs a never fail sugar cookies recipe, and this is the PERFECT one! You get soft, fluffy, delicious sugar cookies every time! This recipe is fool-proof!

A never fail Christmas tree shaped sugar cookie on top a plate of sprinkles.

It’s time for holiday baking and I couldn’t be happier about it! ? Sugar cookies are a given when it comes to holiday baking.

Everyone makes them during the cold winter months and you should too!

This is my moms famous Never Fail Sugar Cookies recipe. Every time I make these sugar cookies they turn out perfectly! Soft, fluffy, and thick.

Christmas cut outs from a perfect never fail sugar cookie recipe.

Red, green, and white Christmas sprinkles.

Although the cookies I show here are Christmas themed, you can use this never fail sugar cookie recipe for Halloween, Valentines Day, and Easter cookies.

After all, sugar cookies should be devoured multiple times a year. ?

Soft, fool-proof, never fail sugar cookie recipe.

A nice perk to this sugar cookie recipe is that you don’t have to chill the dough.

You can see in the recipe below I use 3 tsp of baking powder. The baking powder helps produce that big, soft, and fluffy sugar cookie everyone loves. However, if you’re using intricate cookie cutters I suggest you cut the cookies out, place them on a baking sheet and then chill the dough for 30 minutes. This will prevent the cookies from spreading as much.

Ugly sweater sugar cookies.

How cute is this “Ugly Sweater” cookie cutter?!

The frosting recipe I included below is delicious! But feel free to use a tub of frosting from the grocery store or this easy royal icing recipe.

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A never fail Christmas tree shaped sugar cookie on top a plate of sprinkles.
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Never Fail Sugar Cookies

The perfect sugar cookies, every single time!
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 24 cookies (may vary depending on your cookie cutter size)


Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Eggs


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. About 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until combined. 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface (keep dough about 1/4" thick, or thicker if that's what you prefer). Use cookie cutters to cut into your desired shapes. Place on greased cookie sheet (you can also use parchment paper or a silicon baking mat). 
  • Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost cookies. 


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter. About 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. * Mix until it forms a thick frosting. 



*You can add more milk to reach your desired consistency.
Recipe Source: Salt & Baker


Calories: 270kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 42g (14%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 10g (15%)Saturated Fat: 6g (30%)Cholesterol: 45mg (15%)Sodium: 92mg (4%)Potassium: 98mg (3%)Sugar: 28g (31%)Vitamin A: 325IU (7%)Calcium: 40mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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If you’re looking for cute cookie cutters here are some I recommend:

Christmas themed cookie cutters:

Halloween cookie cutters:

Valentines Day cookie cutters:

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