Decorating Sugar Cookies

  • Author: adapted from Sweetopia
  • Prep Time: 60 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 48 1x



  • 2 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 5 cups flour


  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until incorporated — do not mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing completely.
  3. Add the salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until totally smooth.
  4. Add the flour and mix until the dough comes together.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap, shaped into discs, and chill for one hour.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 F.
  7. Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness on a lightly floured surface, cut your cookies and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes. If the edges are browning, you’ve cooked them too long.
  9. Let cool on the baking sheet for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
  10. Let cool completely before decorating.