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3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies (Super Easy Recipe)

Quick and easy Sugar Cookies made with only 3 pantry ingredients and no egg! So simple and foolproof, you can whip up this sugar cookie recipe anytime. Sweet, buttery, and delicious!

Sugar Cookies

Typically with Sugar Cookies, the dough needs to be divided, chilled for several hours, then rolled out, shaped, the scraps re-rolled, etc.

Worth it for a perfect sugar cookie…I guess? What if I told you that you could have completely fantastic Sugar Cookies using only 3 ingredients and in less than an hour? Pretty exciting, right?!

TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIES, YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional, but recommended)
  • rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils (optional, but recommended)

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SUGAR COOKIES?

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat together butter and 2/3 cup sugar until combined. (It will be a little gritty – that’s ok.)

Step 3: Add in flour and blend well (then blend in the vanilla, if using.)

Step 4: Using a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1-inch b

Step 5: Gently roll the balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until lightly coated; transfer to the baking sheets 2 inches apart.

Sugar Cookies

Step 6: With the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the balls to flatten.

Step 7: Sprinkle with some nonpareils (if using) and lightly press down again just so they stick.

(The dough should end up being between an 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so 3/16 to be exact. They will look pretty small in circumference, but they will spread a bit to a normal size cookie.)

Step 8: Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.

Step 9: Remove form the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for at least 10-15 minutes

(don’t skip this step!)

Step 10: Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Then enjoy your freshly made Sugar Cookies!

RECIPE NOTES AND HELPFUL TIPS:

This recipe renders a slightly crunchier sugar cookie, but they should not be dry or crumbly. If they are too dry, make sure you didn’t

1) use too much flour
2) make the balls of dough too small
3) flatten them too much
4) baked them at 350 instead of 325
or 5) baked them too long.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Yield: 34 | Estimate the nutritional information for each serving:

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

1. Can I use any type of sugar for these cookies?

Yes, you can use granulated white sugar for the classic version. However, you can experiment with other sugars like brown sugar for a different flavor.

2. Is it necessary to use unsalted butter, or can I use salted butter?

You can use salted butter, but if you do, consider reducing or omitting the additional salt in the recipe to control the overall saltiness of the cookies.

3. What is the recommended thickness for rolling out the cookie dough?

Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) for a chewy texture. Thicker cookies may be softer, while thinner ones can be crispier.

4. Can I use cookie cutters with this recipe?

Yes, you can use cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Ensure the dough is well-chilled for easier handling and defined shapes.

5. What if I don’t have a rolling pin to flatten the dough?

You can use the bottom of a glass or your hands to gently press the dough to the desired thickness.

6. How should I store these Sugar Cookies, and what is their shelf life?

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for about a week. If you want to extend their shelf life, consider freezing them.

7. Can I decorate these Sugar Cookies with icing or sprinkles?

Absolutely! Feel free to decorate your 3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies with icing, sprinkles, or colored sugars to add a festive touch.

8. Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

You can experiment with gluten-free flour substitutes. Keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary, so it’s a good idea to follow a tested gluten-free sugar cookie recipe for the best results.

Let’s Make These 3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies!

Sugar Cookies

And there you have it – these easy, yummy 3-ingredient Sugar Cookies are ready to take their place on your table. If you decide to give it a shot, make sure to snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook and Pinterest.

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3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 cups + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional, but recommended)
  • rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils (optional, but recommended)

Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat together butter and 2/3 cup sugar until combined. (It will be a little gritty – that’s ok.)

Step 3: Add in flour and blend well (then blend in the vanilla, if using.)

Step 4: Using a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1-inch b

Step 5: Gently roll the balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until lightly coated; transfer to the baking sheets 2 inches apart.

Step 6: With the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the balls to flatten.

Step 7: Sprinkle with some nonpareils (if using) and lightly press down again just so they stick.

(The dough should end up being between an 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so 3/16 to be exact. They will look pretty small in circumference, but they will spread a bit to a normal size cookie.)

Step 8: Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.

Step 9: Remove form the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for at least 10-15 minutes

(don’t skip this step!)

Step 10: Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Then enjoy your freshly made Sugar Cookies!

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