Our 12 Best Sugar Cookie Recipes to Bake All Year Long
Our sugar cookie recipes are the perfect blank slate for every occasion. Whether you cut them into the shape of Easter eggs, turkeys, or Christmas trees, and decorate them with frosting or sprinkles (or both!), the possibilities are endless. We start off by featuring our recipe for Perfect Sugar Cookies, which is featured in our founder's new book Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection (Clarkson Potter). The one ingredient that may catch you by surprise is sour cream, which makes these cookies remarkably soft and rich. When the holidays roll around, there's no better recipe than our Sugared Wreath Cookies. Use a round cookie cutter to shape the dyed green dough like wreaths, then adorn them with small red candies to resemble holly berries. Feel free to get creative with a dark green sanding sugar or pipe on small colorful dots to mimic the look of ornaments.
Even people with dietary restrictions can enjoy a sweet sugar cookie. Our recipe for Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies is easy to master—simply swap gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour and you'll end up with a bite that's safe for everyone to eat (and just as delicious as a traditional version).
One of our sugar cookie recipes is so easy to make that it doesn't even require the use of a rolling pin or specialty cookie cutters. The adorable Flower Sugar Cookies come together by rolling the dough into individual balls by hand, then shaping the petal leaves with a knife and finger. The finishing touch? A colored candy placed right in the middle of the cookie.
These recipes for sugar cookies are easy to master and delicious 365 days a year—all that's left to do is choose your favorite.
Perfect Sugar Cookies
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
These cookies, which use gluten-free flour, are just as soft, chewy, and delicious as a classic recipe. Cut them into any shape you fancy and decorate according to the season—metallic stars are festive for the holidays, but you could also pipe on red, white, and blue icing for a warm-weather, patriotic treat.
Flower Sugar Cookies
No rolling or cutting needed here! These cheerful cookies are rolled into balls, then shaped by using just a knife and finger to create the illusion of flower petals. Use multiple shades of food coloring for a true blossoming garden.
Sugared Wreath Cookies
Before the snowflakes begin to fall, prep the dough for these holiday bites. Green food coloring and small red candies transform the ordinary sugar cookie dough into a Christmastime spectacle.
Giant Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Crisp on the outside with a chewy interior, this recipe is a hybrid of a basic vanilla sugar cookie and an uber-rich chocolate cookie. Say no more.
Ideal Sugar Cookies
Hexagonal Sugar Cookies
Here's a super mod take on a classic cookie—a geometric cutter and vibrant royal icing add a pop to any cookie tin. Painting the baked cookies with various shades of pink and peach, then adorning them with silver leaf, make these cookies truly spectacular.
Gingered Sugar Cookies
A combination of candied and ground ginger add plenty of warm flavor to these simple sugar cookies. The magical finishing touch is rolling and shaping the dough to resemble whimsical candy canes and pretzel twists.
Citrus Sugar Cookies
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
Here's a fun and easy way to incorporate this Christmas candy into a dessert. Chop up peppermint candies and fold them into the cookie batter; not only do they add a nice crunch, but they also perfume the dough with fresh mint flavor.
Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies
Crisp Sugar Doily Cookies
How stunning are these lace cut-out sugar cookies? Get creative with the patterns using aspic cutters and pull out some doilies for real inspiration.