No- Fail Sugar Cookies

The baseball cookies pictured below have been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog (with step by step instructions): Baseball Cookies. On another post, I detailed how to (step by step) make Soccer Ball cookies: Soccer Ball Cookies.

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No- Fail Sugar Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen (3-inch) cookies

Prep Time: 45 min + chill time

Cook Time: 8 min

This is a wonderful recipe for decorator cookies of any type- the dough rolls out easily and the cookies turn out sturdy and delicious.


2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated white sugar
6 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or desired flavoring- such as almond)
1 teaspoon salt


1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Whisk together dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and dough comes together.

2. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see tips below).

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Make sure you let your oven preheat for at least 1/2-hour before baking these or any other cookies.

4. Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges. (longer time for thicker cookies)

5. Gently remove cookies with a spatula and let them cool on wire racks.


* tip for rolling out dough without the mess: Rather than wait for your cookie dough to chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to the desired thickness, then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut. Re-roll leftover dough and repeat the process. Add added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.

*There are two icing recipes that work well with these cookies: Glace icing or Martha Stewart's Royal Icing

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37 Responses to “No- Fail Sugar Cookies”

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    Fran — August 29, 2009 @ 1:19 PM

    Really great cookie recipe–soft texture!!!

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    Sue — October 7, 2009 @ 7:17 PM

    I have had this recipe for years and I love these cookies! They have been perfect sugar cookies(to decorate) every time!
    Also, THANK YOU for the soccer ball cookie tutorial… It’s a big help! I am making some for a friend’s daughter this weekend and yours look GREAT!!!

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    Susan Humphreys — December 5, 2009 @ 4:59 AM

    I made these for my son’s baseball team party – they were a big hit (at least a triple). My favorite comment was, “If I had paid $5 for this at a bakery, I would be thrilled with it.” And this comment came from someone who would NEVER pay $5 for a cookie!

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    Angie Stevenson — May 9, 2010 @ 9:11 AM

    I doubled this recipe and it came out really dry. I’m wondering if I should add some water to it. Any suggestions?

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    Lori Lange — May 13, 2010 @ 8:39 AM

    @Angie Stevenson, I’ve never had to add anything to the existing recipe, but with other cookie recipes… if it seems a little dry then adding a bit of milk seems to help.

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    Shelley Goddard — June 2, 2010 @ 1:00 PM

    I REALLY need to know how long these keep with the icing and all… It is the first of June and I have a request for these on July 7th. I am supposed to be transporting them to an out-of-state ball tournament! With all the other plans necessary for our trip, if I can’t make them weeks in advance, I think it will be better if I just shell out the cash for someone else to make them, LOL!

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    Lori Lange — June 2, 2010 @ 1:07 PM

    @Shelley Goddard, I guess I’d probably have to recommend that you don’t make them. I wouldn’t say that they travel all that well… when they get warm, they tend to become more tender. I’d be afraid that you’d lose some on your journey! I make them at the end of the season for every sport that my son does. I always ice them 2 or 3 days ahead of time and then package them carefully and lay them flat in a big box maybe stacked three high. I’m afraid that making them weeks in advance isn’t a good idea.

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    Wifey — July 13, 2010 @ 1:57 PM

    Thanks!!! This recipe is great! Have you tried adding nuts or flavors? Do you have a recipe for the icing?

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    Lori Lange — July 16, 2010 @ 8:05 AM

    @Wifey, This is the icing recipe I like to use for this cookie

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    Lori Lange — July 16, 2010 @ 8:06 AM

    @Wifey, Nope, have not tried adding any other flavors!

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    Stacy — April 27, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

    I cant wait to try these and thank you for the soccer ball ones, i was looking to make them for my sons teams this weekend one problem, i normally use meringue powered icing, i am in texas and i would have to say that it is most likely gonna feel like 100degrees, should i keep these on ice? a cooler with ice on the bottom and but them in a plastic container? We have a game and noon and then at 3p. i will make the dough tonight bake tomorrow and ice saturday morning, the meringue really hardes pretty fast, or i may do it all but ice tongiht so i am not in a rush

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    Lori Lange — April 27, 2011 @ 5:14 PM

    I’d keep them a bit chilled if at all possible. I’d hate for them to soften in the heat and break apart before you give them to the kids.

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    tess — August 30, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

    I have used this recipe several times for cut-out cookies and it is wonderful, and I used the Soccer Ball cookie Tutorial and they were a big success at my daughter’s end of season soccer party…I am wondering if this sugar cookie recipe can be used for drop cookies? I love sugar cookies, but not everyday requires cut-outs and icing. LOL Any ideas on baking time, and if they would still need to be refrigerated first?

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    Lori Lange — August 30, 2011 @ 1:30 PM

    I’ve never tried them as drop cookies. Something tells me that this recipe wouldn’t be good for that though since they don’t spread much while baking.

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    Gigi — October 28, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

    I have used this recipe before and it is a keeper! Just curious as to whether or not the dough holds up well to freezing….

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    Lori Lange — October 29, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

    You know, I have never actually frozen the dough… only the cookies.

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    Gigi — October 29, 2011 @ 8:18 PM

    If I try it out, I will come back and comment to let you know how it works.

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    Nicki — February 6, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

    Do you know if anyone has tried replacing the eggs in this recipe with something else? My son has an allergy and I’m supposed to bring cookies for his school party next week. I usually use flax meal mixed with hot water to replace eggs I also have a box of egg replacer too. Thanks :)

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    Lori Lange — February 6, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

    I’m not sure about that.

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    Brandi Johnson — February 29, 2012 @ 10:27 PM

    I followed the recipe exactly as instructed. Chilled for an hour and went to roll it out and it’s crumbly like it needs a liquid…idk what to do other than add milk! I didn’t leave anything out. Frustrated…I obligated myself to make soccer cookies and wanted to give them time enough to dry as you instructed for the icing. Any advice would helpful…

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    Lori Lange — March 1, 2012 @ 6:08 AM

    Was the dough too chilled and that’s why it would not roll out? I always use the method described in the tips- rolling the cookies out prior to refrigeration so that they’re just ready to cut and bake. Works perfectly.

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    kristen — May 24, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

    I have found this cookie recipe to be great the day they are baked, however, if they are not eaten right away, I think they get somewhat dry even covered with royal icing. Adding more butter or less flour would help.

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    Lori Lange — May 24, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

    I don’t have that experience w/ these. Room temp for days or frozen for weeks- still love them!

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    Carolyn — July 14, 2012 @ 12:50 PM

    curious if you have any tips for adding cocoa powder to these to make them chocolate? I was going to make Darth Vader cookies and thought I would save myself ALOT of time icing by making the cookies chocolate!

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    Lori Lange — July 15, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

    I’ve never done it so I can’t tell you for sure if it would work out okay or not!

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    kristen — November 6, 2012 @ 6:53 PM

    I agree with the issue of dryness all around. When you mix this dough, add flour gradually and use your hands to bind it together, otherwise it is crumbly. The cookies are good the first day, as someone else said, but are dry after that. There is just too much flour in it. The only good thing is you can roll them without chilling and the dough holds its shape when baked. However, I feel a recipe with less flour and a tad more butter, plus much less baking powder is better and stays moister longer. I no longer use the No Fail cookie recipe because it failed me!

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    kristen — November 6, 2012 @ 6:56 PM

    BTW, for chocolate cookies, substitute 1 c. of the flour with unsweetened cocoa powder and add an extra 3/4 c. of sugar. I actually find this version very good campared to the vanilla recipe. A teaspoon of coffee extract added is good too!

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    Lori Lange — November 7, 2012 @ 5:34 AM

    Weird- they are perfect for me every time! Do you use a stand mixer? Maybe that’s the secret- I always use my stand mixer- sometimes doubling the recipe too.

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    Lori Lange — November 7, 2012 @ 5:34 AM

    Can’t wait to try this!

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    Gigi — January 8, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

    I asked about freezing this dough way back and said I would come back and comment if I tried it.

    Well, it works just fine! I made the dough about 3 weeks in advance, rolled it between parchment sheets then wrapped it tightly and froze it. When I took it out to cut and bake it worked just like it was freshly made – tasted fine as well!

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    J — January 31, 2014 @ 3:10 PM

    I tried this just now but my dough was so runny, not a dough at all! I added at least 10 cups of flour to finally get the dough to come together. And I followed the everything in the recipe, help?

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    Lori Lange — January 31, 2014 @ 4:12 PM

    You must have made an error somewhere… I make this recipe several times a year, as written. Definitely not a runny dough!

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    Lori Lange — January 31, 2014 @ 4:13 PM

    I don’t understand what would make it runny… the only liquid in the recipe is eggs and vanilla…

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    Sinead — July 22, 2014 @ 2:25 PM

    This is my first time making cookies. I halved the recipe as didn’t want that many cookies. Dough came out fine but spread when baking. Can’t understand why and really disappointed as sought out this recipe so that I could create and decorate shaped cookies for my daughters birthday

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    Lori Lange — July 24, 2014 @ 1:37 PM

    It’s hard to pinpoint where things went wrong. Did you use butter (not margarine?) I use this recipe every time I need cut-out sugar cookies, and I never have any problems!

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    Sarah — November 9, 2014 @ 5:49 PM

    Is it ok to use the premade black frosting instead of making the black?

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    Lori Lange — November 11, 2014 @ 6:24 PM

    I would think that would be tough. It won’t harden like you see in the pictures.