Martha Stewart’s Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 40 min + chill time

Cook Time: 15 min

Martha Stewart's Sugar Cookies


1 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
colored sanding sugar or sprinkles, for decorating (optional)
royal icing (optional)


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt; mix on medium-high speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.

2. Turn out dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half, and pat into flattened rectangles; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F., with rack in upper and lower thirds. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one rectangle of dough to a scant 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Using a small offset spatula, transfer shapes to prepared sheets, placing about 2 inches apart. Chill in freezer or refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes. Set scraps aside. Repeat process with remaining rectangle of dough. Gather all the scraps, and roll out again. Chill 15 minutes; cut out more shapes, and place on sheets.

4. Decorate cookies with sanding sugar or sprinkles, if using, before baking. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are golden around the edges and slightly firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. Decorate with Royal Icing, if using. Top icing with sanding sugar or sprinkles, if using.


*Cookies can be kept in an airtight container, layered between sheets of waxed or parchment paper, at room temperature for up to 3 days.
*You may with to top these with Martha Stewart's Royal Icing.

Source: (via Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)

5 Responses to “Martha Stewart’s Sugar Cookies”

  1. postedDec 7, 2009 11:04 AM

    I was wondering; after baking how long the cookies will stay fresh for and also if they can be frozen?

    Thanks so much

    • postedDec 7, 2009 12:23 PM

      Carrie- These cookies keep really well. After baking, you can probably store them for several weeks in the freezer if they are stored properly- between layers of waxed paper and in a sealed container. At room temperature, they’ll be fine for a few days. Ice them just before you want to serve them.

  2. postedDec 22, 2009 12:18 PM

    grand recipe

  3. postedAug 29, 2010 5:30 PM

    I want to use this sugar cookie receipe to make some party favors. How far ahead can I make them? I need to make about 100 of them and need to decorate them.

    • postedAug 30, 2010 6:44 AM

      @Anna, You can make them a week or so ahead and freeze the actual cookies, but as far as decorating them… I wouldn’t do that more than a couple of days ahead of time.

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