There really is nothing more satisfying than a perfect sugar cookie. Soft and chewy – with or without frosting! When it comes to the best ways to make them, these are 18 of the best sugar cookies recipes to try.
Fun Fact: Did you know that sugar cookies used to be called Nazareth cookies? They originated in 1700’s Nazareth, Pennsylvania among German Protestant settlers who made round, buttery cookies they dubbed “Nazareth Cookies.” It wasn’t until Pillsbury started selling the cookies in the 1950s that they became more commonly called sugar cookies.
Copycat Swig Sugar Cookies
For those familiar with the famous Swig soda stand sugar cookies, this is an easy and near perfect copycat recipe! These easy sugar cookies are made with basic ingredients, scooped and pressed onto a baking sheet, then softly baked to keep them light and tender. Topped off with a simple pink frosting, there’s a reason these cookies are legendary!
Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookies
These easy cookies are basically hot chocolate in sugar cookie form! Filled with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, biting into one of these warm cookies is the ultimate cookie experience – especially if you love chocolate as much as we do.
Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
Simple to make and fun to decorate, sugar cookie bars are a delicious and incredibly easy alternative to classic sugar cookie recipes. These soft cookies leave out the chilling, rolling and cutting of the dough; all that’s needed is to press the dough into a pan!
Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars (Gluten Free)
Another easy recipe for soft sugar cookie bars, this time without the gluten! This recipe for gluten-free cookies is pressed into a pan and then baked to soft and chewy perfection; another great way to make sugar cookies for any diet!
Cut Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
This recipe for soft and chewy sugar cookie dough holds its shape for perfect cut-out cookies! Any shape your heart desires, decorated with a rich and simple buttercream; a great recipe for Christmas cookies, or for any special occasion.
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
If you love cinnamon rolls, then this is the cookie recipe for you! An easy way to make delicious cinnamon roll-inspired sugar cookies by rolling the dough with cinnamon sugar and then slathering the finished cookies with a decadent cream cheese frosting.
Christmas Sugar Cookies (Best Sugar Cookie Recipe)
An easy holiday sugar cookie recipe certified by the world’s #1 cookie fan: Santa Claus! This is one of the best ways to make sugar cookies in cutout shapes, perfect for decorating. These are sure to be your new favorite cookies to leave out with milk every year!
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