The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!I’m kinda sorta bummed that my town doesn’t have a bakery.

Anytime I travel, I immediately google the current city I’m in + bakery so I can check out where the locals eat, and of course, where I can get some desserts. You know, for research. #alltheresearch

But my town doesn’t have anything like that. We have a single cupcake shop, but the cupcakes are pricey and they play too much Michael Buble (I should know; I used to work there). Otherwise, it’s Whole Foods or another supermarket bakery for your goods.

But I want something authentic, somewhere that sells ginormous brownies and cookies the size of saucers. Is that too much to ask? Apparently.

And don’t tell me to open my own bakery, because I surely will not. That requires too much work and I have a whopping $12 to my name currently and don’t think most realtors accept assorted nickels and packets of gum for payment, sooooo..

Also there’s that thing where I’d probably eat all of my creations. So there’s that. #fatass

In the meantime, I’ll dream of a bakery opening up shop soon while I double-fist these Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies. They’re ridiculously amazing and couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I like mine plain with just a light coating of sugar, but they’d be great to frost or coat in sprinkles as well. (I know, I opted without sprinkles – what’s wrong with me?!) But for these cookies, classic, straight-forward cookieness just seemed right.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!Since I’m physically incapable of making a cut-out cookie (and don’t even talk to me about my mortal nemesis: royal icing), these cookies are great for me. They’re perfectly imperfect in that they’re round with slightly jagged edges but they’re packed with flavor, are super decadent, and absolute buttery perfection. They don’t need a ton of bells and whistles to ’em which makes them great for novice bakers or those who just want an unadulterated sugar cookie fix, sans icing. Which is me. All the time.

So yeah, please make them? Your tummy will thank you.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!*from Pioneer Woman’s recipe

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The Best Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 24
 
These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies truly are the BEST! Soft, moist and tender, they taste delicious on their own but would be great coated in a light icing or dash of sprinkles.
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • Additional white sugar, for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamed and combined, about 2 minutes. Add in the baking soda, tarter, salt and flour and gently mix until a soft dough forms. Chill in the fridge for at LEAST 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or spray the sheets lightly with cooking spray. Using a cookie dough scoop, portion out rounded Tablespoon-sized balls of dough and roll in the additional white sugar to coat. Place 2" apart on the prepared sheets.
  3. Bake for approx. 9-11 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking or until golden brown. Do not over-bake. Cool on the cookie sheets completely before serving. Ice if desired.

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!These are so supremely soft and buttery, with a nice, tender crumb and just a subtle crunch from their sugary exterior. Together, the powdered sugar and cream of tarter give these cookies such impeccable texture and lift; they’re like sugar clouds. I know you’ll love them!

These Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies are so supremely soft, tender and buttery! This recipe is totally foolproof; you won't want another sugar cookie recipe after this easy, delicious one!

Have a sweet Friday!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. Looks like someone needs to open their own bakery 😉 I wouldn’t be mad at that idea! I know how you feel about the lack of bakeries. We have a cupcake shop in my town as well as a tea shop with a limited scone selection. What does a girl do when she wants a cannoli or a rainbow cookie? She daydreams and then tries to push it out. These sugar cookies look fabulous. I wouldn’t be able to stop at one.

  2. Janet Wells says:

    Hayley-gotta say. I love reading your recipes but your photography and setups are amazing! I think I need to make every recipe you post simply because your pix are so great! I have seen so many recipe pix that absolutely do no justice to the recipe but never on your site-the pix are always as great as the recipe idea!
    BTW-some day I’ll make a video of the easy way I do cut out sugar cookies-no mess, no fuss and maybe you’ll hang out on the dark side of cookie making for a while! 🙂 I don’t even get flour all over the kitchen!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Janet – thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’d love to see a tutorial for cut-out cookies – I am terrible at them, haha! xoxo!

  3. Don’t worry – my town doesn’t have a bakery either!! Unless you’re in Boston or another big city, our areas don’t have many. Just the ones in the grocery stores. Funny story, though, is that Price Chopper, our grocery store, has THE BEST Apple Cider Donuts. My friend and I opt for those over any orchard every year! haha

  4. So sorry you have no bakery. We have some, but most of the time homemade is better anyways! These looks AWESOME!

  5. I feel the same way! We need a good all purpose bakery in this town. 🙂

  6. same!! I miss NY bakeries.

    and these are the best looking sugar cookies I’ve evahhh seen!

  7. First things first don’t feel bad about not having bakery in your area cause I don’t either. Starbucks and donut shops don’t count so they. Darn Palm Springs, Ca and its small town feel. I hate it!! And don’t worry I would be #fatass if I opened my own bakery. Actually I’m already a #fatass with this darn food blog.. Hehe!! These cookies are so calling to me. Wish I had like 5 with my glass of wine. 🙂

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Dangit, Cyndi! I guess we’ll just have to drink wine and wish for a bakery together, ha!

  8. hey…… Looks like someone needs to open their own bakery 😉 I wouldn’t be mad at that idea.I love reading your recipes but your photography and setups are amazing! I think I need to make every recipe you post simply because your pix are so great.. 🙂 🙂

  9. Love these old fashioned sugar cookies! They would be gone in a flash around here!

  10. Your hashtags crack me up, Haley! At my house, sugar cookies are only second to chocolate chip. And I’m totally with you on rolling out dough and flooding with royal icing! What a nightmare IMHO. Love these gems.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Dude, talk about a nightmare! So annoying! That’s why I’m all about the ease of these cookies 😀

  11. I’m always searching for a delicious sugar cookie recipe but never finding THE one. I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday from Pinterest and knew I had to make them. 2 sticks of butter and a cup of oil? Yikes! But I gave them a try and they are the perfect indulgence! I think these are the best cookies I have EVER made! They are absolutely perfect, and melt in your mouth! Thanks for the recipe.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Nancy – they are an indulgence, but they’re so worth it! I’m SO glad you loved them!!

  12. Hi, I’m curious where you get your recipe?

  13. Hi, I’m curious where you get your recipe?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jane, this recipe is actually courtesy of The Pioneer Woman. I’ve credited her in the post. 🙂

  14. They look delicious and easy and fast to make.

  15. These are by far the best cookies I have ever made! Everyone loves them!

  16. Hi! These turned out great! Have you ever frozen the dough?

  17. This recipe is delicious! Can these be rolled out and made into shapes?

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