Sugar Cookie Recipes

Sugar cookies can be rolled, cut into shapes, and decorated to fit any occasion. Decorate your cookies with sprinkles, colored fine sugar, or royal icing (we have the recipe for that too).

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Basic Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.17 stars
Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add one tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter and sugar.

Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.27 stars
If you're decorating cookies using our royal icing for sugar cookies and have a compromised immune system, we recommend instead using meringue powder, found in the baking aisle of most markets, instead of raw egg whites.

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Classic sugar cookies take baking back to basics. But in their simplicity lies their perfection: It's hard to beat the delicate flavor of cookies with only the most elemental of ingredients. We veered from tradition a little by adding sour cream for softness and candied citrus for zest. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection" (Clarkson Potter).

Embellished Wreath Cookies

Buttery classic, sugar cookies make a delicious treat anytime. Here, Martha heightens them to special-occasion status with a simple glaze and a fanciful combination of candied flowers, crystallized ginger, and chopped pistachios.

Lemon-Ginger Cookies with Mint

Rating: 3.04 stars
Debra Satterthwaite of Carmel, Indiana, put a twist on a classic sugar-cookie recipe with the addition of lemon zest, ginger, and fresh mint.

Black-and-Pink Grapefruit Cookies

A rosy riff on the classic New York black-and-white cookies, these beauties get their blush from ruby-red-grapefruit juice and a couple of drops of food coloring. Rather than the usual vanilla flavor, we zested a grapefruit to infuse both the cookies and pink icing with zing. 

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.6 stars
These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers

It takes just four ingredients to make these easy, crispy cookies.

Ideal Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.15 stars
Get out your cookie cutters! As its name suggests, this sugar cookie recipe is ideal for making cutout cookies for Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday or occasion that calls for shaped sweet treats.


Rating: 4.24 stars
Rendering your own lard is what really makes these anise-flavored Mexican sugar cookies stand out, but you can use vegetable shortening in a pinch. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 711.

Giant Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.66 stars
Start filling up your cookie jar with those popular treats.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pansy Cookies

A sprinkling of sugar gives flowers baked onto scalloped sugar cookies a lovely, subtle iridescence.