Sugar Cookie Recipe


These cookies are light and layered and flaky and they stay soft! This recipe was handed down from my aunt. She would bake me frosted decorated sugar cookies for my birthday, until I was old enough to bake them on my own.

Sugar Cookie Recipe:


  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 5-6 cups of flour


Preheat oven to 350F. Combine butter, sugar, eggs & sour cream. Add baking soda and vanilla extract. Stir. Add 5-6 cups of all-purpose flour. I bake at high altitiude, so I add 6 cups and then add more to the dough as I knead it on the rolling surface until the dough does not stick to my fingers, surface or rolling pin:

I roll my cookie dough on a large glass cutting board with a washcloth placed underneath so the glass doesn’t slide as I roll. Roll dough to desired thickness:

Cut shapes with your selected cookie cutters:

Here is a pan lined with parchment paper, but you can bake on the bare cookie sheet as I usually do:

Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. I’ve used different ovens ranging from 4 minutes in a professional convection oven, to 7 minutes in an electric oven, to 12 minutes in a gas oven. Ovens vary. Different cookie sizes and thicknesses may also affect baking times. The first cookie sheet usually takes an extra minute or two. If the edges begin to brown, you’ve baked too long. You want a nice even color and texture across the top of the cookie:

Closer detail:

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