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Vanilla Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Vanilla sugar cookies are a favorite treat anytime. Whether you choose to decorate them or eat them just as is with a cup of tea. Based on my butter cookie recipe these are soft, crisp and buttery. Also, they do not spread making them a great candidate for shaped and decorated custom cookies.

PREP TIME: 30 min
COOK TIME: 30 min
READY TIME: 1 hour
CALORIES: 132 (per serving)

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  • 185 g (6 oz) butter
  • 1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups plain flour
  • 1 egg


1 Place butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a food processor and process until smooth. Add flour and egg, and process until a smooth dough forms.

2 Knead dough lightly, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out dough on sheets of non-stick baking paper until it’s approximately 5 mm (1/4 inch) thick.

3 Cut dough into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place shapes on baking trays.

4 Bake cookies in a preheated 180°C (350°F) oven for 10-12 minutes or until they are light golden. Cool cookies on racks. Makes approximately 30 cookies.


Calories: 132.4 Kcal
Total Fat: 7.4 g
Cholesterol: 5.9 mg
Sodium: 109.0 mg
Potassium: 17.6 mg
Carbs: 20.5 g
Protein: 1.1 g
Vitamin A: 4.7 %
Vitamin B-12: 0.3 %
Vitamin B-6: 0.3 %


For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.Note: Be sure to bake these cookies on a cookie sheet, not a rimmed baking sheet; otherwise, the dough will spread too much, and the cookies won’t retain a nice, round shape.