Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe (Rolled Cookies that hold their shape)

Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe (cookies that hold their shape)

If you are looking for an easy sugar cookies recipe that holds it’s shape when you bake it you must try this recipe!  Not only does the cookie taste delicious but it holds it’s shape nicely when you bake it which is perfect when you want to decorate certain types of cookies!  You should see the Minecraft Creeper cookies we recently made with this recipe.  The next thing you will want is a really good Royal Icing Recipe found here!  Royal icing can be tricky so you may want to watch our Royal Icing outlining and flooding YouTube Video found here.

Sugar Cookie Recipe (Cookies that hold their shape)
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Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 3 c. unbleached, flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sticks (salted) butter (cold)
  • ¾ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. pure almond extract (this can be substituted for Imitation butter flavoring too. (I do this because the kids don't like Almond extract)
  1. First Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the sugar and cold butter.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts to the mixture.
  4. Add the Flour and baking powder (I would mix these together first before adding them to the wet mixture).
  5. This dough will have a crumbly texture so knead it together with your hands to prepare it for rolling it out.
  6. Roll the dough on a floured surface and cut into the shapes you want.
  7. Tip: Freeze the shapes of dough before you bake them because it helps to keep the shapes.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack when complete.


Pro TIP #1:  I always bake my cookies with this Silicone baking mat set and the cookies always come out perfect every single time!

Pro TIP #2:  My secret weapon to creating perfectly sized cookies is right HERE!  Shhh!  Don’t tell everyone.

Sugar cookie baskets are a fun way to give a gift on a budget too!  Simply grab some cookie bags, cute ribbon and a fun basket and voila!  you’ve got a gift!

Here are the treat bags I used in this photo:

Treat Bags


Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER – these cookies will hold their shape

Be sure to check out this post to get all the information you need for the Royal Icing Recipe used in these photos.

This is a perfect example of Sugar Cookies that don’t hold their shape:

Here are some cookies I made from a pre-made sugar cookie dough found in the refrigerator section at my grocery store.  I swear I will never use that dough every again!  But I do plan to make this Christmas cookie designs again!  We used the Royal Icing Recipe and technique, then we used toothpicks to swirl our designs!  Everyone loved the way these looked!  So cute and so fun to make!!!

Sugar Cookies for Christmas


  1. brittney bartlett says

    Hi I was wanting to use your recipe and was just wondering if after I cut them how long do you think I can keep them.in freezer before baking I have to make some for my sister (about 200) and don’t want to have to make them all in one day thanks!

  2. Lexi says

    Hello there! I cannot wait to try this cookie recipe! Could you give them an estimated shelf life? 5 dozen is a lot for what I need them for, and I would hate for any to go to waste.

    • says

      I tend to make really big cookies so it hardly comes to 5 dozen. I have rolled them up and sealed them in a baggie for up to two weeks before eating them. (not exactly sure how long they last)

  3. Claire says

    Hello. These look great. I’m in Australia, are you able to tell me the weight of 2 sticks of butter? We don’t use measurements like that and I’m not sure how much 2 sticks is.
    Thank you xo

  4. Bonny says

    The butter amount has accidentally been omitted! You may want to revise your list of ingredients… Thanks! Pretty cookies though!