Vanilla Sugar Cookies

For an additional flourish, decorate these no-roll sugar cookies with homemade Colored Sugar (recipe follows) or Sugar Cookie Icing.

Serves: Makes 4 1/2 dozen or 27 (2 cookie) servings.
20 mins Prep time 6 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
6 mins Cook time
  • Mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Set aside. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.

  • Refrigerate dough 2 hours or until firm.

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar or Colored Sugar. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.

  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Cooking tip

Colored Sugar: Place 1/2 cup granulated or sanding sugar in resealable plastic bag. Add 5 drops of McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye. Add additional food color, a drop or two at a time, if more intense color is desired. Seal bag and knead sugar until the color is evenly distributed. Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet and break up any large lumps. Allow to dry thoroughly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sift or press through sieve to return sugar to its original texture, if needed.


Flavor Variations: Use McCormick® Pure Almond Flavor or Pure Lemon Extract in place of the vanilla.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 171Calories: 171Cholesterol: 33mg
  • Sodium: 146mgProtein: 2g
  • Total Fat: 7gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g

Ratings & Reviews: 4

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  • Jo on 01/16/2016

    These cookies were th bomb! They hav that that classic, iconic sugar cookie flavor! Like another reviewer said mak sure you watch your cookies so they don't burn, you want to take them out when they are only slightly golden brown and goes in the center. Trust me, when they finish cooling they will be the perfect chewy, cooked texture. Defenitely try this recipe!!

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  • Alice H. on 10/17/2015

    They were amazing! I Put in some molasses and they were nice and gooey! Would defiantly make again!

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  • Mana on 10/06/2013

    I made these cookies and they came out great! Be careful and watch them while they're baking.

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  • linda w. on 01/04/2016

    Horrible so sorry I wasted my ingredients. Too much cream of tartar. Like a rock

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