Best Sugar Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Best Sugar Cookies

I'm a sugar-cookie-fanatic, and these are the best!


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
additional sugar, for rolling


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the flour, sugars, butter, oil, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl in the order listed, mixing well after each addition. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and coat with additional granulated sugar.

3. Arrange the balls 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


*Canola oil may be substituted for vegetable oil.
*Dip glass in water before dipping into sugar so that the sugar will adhere to the bottom of the glass.

9 Responses to “Best Sugar Cookies”

  1. postedJun 4, 2011 3:33 PM

    These look good….do you think they will travel in a suitecase well? I want to make a recipe for my in-laws that we are flying to see.

    • June 5th, 2011 @ 6:06 AM

      In a suitcase? I’m not sure I’d put any cookies in an actual suitcase, but in a carry-on bag they might be ok.

  2. postedSep 14, 2011 10:59 PM

    hi just wondering…… sooo 2cups of sugar goes in the recepie/cookies. or is the powdered sugar cup used for dipping the glass?

    • September 14th, 2011 @ 11:05 PM

      Both sugars go into the cookie dough. The additional granulated sugar is both for rolling AND dipping the glass into the extra sugar.

  3. postedFeb 26, 2012 12:47 PM
    Kathleen Quillen

    I am hoping there are no eggs in the recipe as indicated. The dough is a bit crumbly.

    • February 26th, 2012 @ 12:50 PM

      Yep, no eggs in this one.

  4. postedApr 8, 2012 5:36 PM

    These are the best i have ever had! Love the recipe!

  5. postedJun 27, 2012 6:15 AM

    Could you dye these multicolored?

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