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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)
calories: 270kcal
author: Salt & Baker


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 | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 98mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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