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The BEST Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Love soft sugar cookies along with the type that you can cut out? This recipe is the best of both worlds!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Chill Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream of tartar, flour, sour cream
Servings: 24


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups butter
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Cream together sugar, butter, sour cream, and vanilla.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Cover the dough and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut into shapes using cookie cutters (or a ring from canning jar lids for circles).
  • Bake on a lined cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes.
  • When done baking, immediately move to a cooling rack.


These freeze really well! Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight freezer bag. Thaw on the counter for about 30 minutes and you're good to go!