Quick Sugar Cookies


  • 1/2 cup soft margarine or shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups flour

In a medium sized bowl cream together the margarine or shortening and sugar. Beat it until it is smooth and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in the salt, baking powder and flour. Blend it all up until it makes a nice smooth dough. Drop the mixture by small spoonfuls onto an oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for about 8 to 10 minutes.

If desired, you can color the dough with food coloring for special occasions. You can also form them into small balls and roll them in a little granulated sugar right before baking.

I love this recipe because it is so easy to prepare. I think it goes together even faster than most cookie mixes. It is cheap and easy too, costing only about 50¢ to 60¢ for the whole batch. If desired, this recipe can easily be doubled.

Sugar cookies

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Paul - June 23, 2009

These cookies taste like butter. They are quick and easy to make but the taste is not good. There seems to be not enough sugar because you can not taste any sweetness in these cookies. The temp. was to high for the time. They started to burn and had to take them out with 1 1/2 minutes left on the cooking time. I give this recipe 5 out 5 for quickness and ease, but I give it a 1 out of 5 for taste.

    kat - July 7, 2012

    I just found this recipe today and they are great…. for extra sweetness I make a little hole at the center of the dough and filled it with plum jam and others with orange marmalade and they we sooo good. I also used shortening…. awesome.

Angela - November 19, 2009

These cookies are so good and easy to make. I did use real unsalted butter instead of margarine and increased the milk by 1/2 to 1 tsp. They turned out perfect. I will make these again, (as the first batch is already gone)(lol), and make some homemade buttercream icing to decorate. Mmmm, sounds good.

Sara - December 10, 2009

These cookies are awsome!! To the first comment, try using shortening instead of butter, thats what I have always used and these cookies are a favorite at our house, I only make them at Christmas because otherwise we would get really fat!!

Jordan Maia - February 16, 2010

I made these cookies late at might for a quick snack and i was nervous that they wouldn’t come out! But, they came out great and I was really pleased with them.

Katie kemp - May 15, 2010

These cookies are so yummy. I made them like 20 times and i make them almost every holiday. And sometimes just for fun. And i also sometimes add m&m’s or pecans and they taste even better but they taste good plain. I would recomends then to everyone i know.

Amy - June 11, 2010

LOVE!!! these cookies. Every member of my family loves them. They eat them as they come out :)

sydney - June 27, 2010

i love these cookies i make them alot. i make them for special occasions and just for fun. and i’m only 12. these are awesome me and my cousin make them all the time. but i mostly make them by myself becausei like to cook. but anyway these are the BEST cookies ever.

Dee - September 14, 2010

I just made these cookies and OMGSH they are soooo good. They came out perfect and taste great. Thank you so much for making this website. I have tried several things on the web and everything is Great! :)

mushy - September 15, 2010

are you able to roll this out into cookie shapes?

juila - September 29, 2010

these cookies were FANTASTIC!!
i think there should be more sugar ( because i love my sugar :O hahaha )
but other then that it was beautiful and i think i’m going to make more for my family and friends, OH MY GOSH i cant get over the taste LOL!!
Thank you
keep the good work up and have a good time 😉

Kenz - October 27, 2010

I made these for my church class and they all said they were amazing…Great Job!

Cassy - November 27, 2010

I was kinda iffy on these cookies turning out ok because the dough was really runny an I followed the recipe step by step. This is the 4th recipe for sugar cookies I have tried tonight. And each one has tasted gross. As for this one they taste alright expept they are flat because the dough was so runny. I rolled half of them in sugar and they taste better than the ones that werent rolled in sugar. Anyways they taste better than the other recipes i have tried tonight. I just wish the dough wasnt so runny!

    Jenny - November 28, 2010

    Maybe you should try refrigerating the dough before you scoop out and bake. If you actually melted the marg/butter/fat, chilling would be necessary.

    If chilling doesn’t solve your problem, add a few tablespoons of additional flour.

Leslie - December 1, 2010

Yum! I was looking for a fast cookie recipe that didn’t involve chocolate chips (currently out of those!). This fit the bill and turned out great, satisfying my hubby’s sweet tooth. :) I rolled the tops in red and green sprinkles to get us in the Christmas spirit. Thanks for sharing the recipe – it will go into my recipe box for sure!

SandyP - December 5, 2010

I loved this recipe- the cookies were delicious and it is so simple and easy! I used butter and the taste was delicate and not too sweet with a really nice texture. Thanks!

Patty Sladek - December 10, 2010

could you use self rising flour instead of regular flour, salt & baking powder??

Jen - June 24, 2011


Haylee - September 13, 2011

DUDE. My cookies burnt.
I think the temp. is too high. D:<

Tania - October 26, 2011

I just tried this recipe, and I loved it! I had the almond extract, so I used it. Also, I had some coconut flour, and I decided to do half coconut flour and half all-purpose flour. The extracts, along with the coconut flour, added some nice sweetness and amazing scents. I also flattened the dough balls and sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar. The cookies didn’t flatten out on their own, as I am used to with sugar cookies, but they tasted so good it didn’t matter.

Brent H. - December 11, 2011

Me and my son just took this on as a quick, snack attack, project. Choose to read the comments and added 1/2 cup extra sugar. Turned out perfect, quick, and easy. Great first cooking lesson for the youth. Easy to follow, easy to cook, and quick to complete. Total time in the kitchen, from gathering the ingredients to last bowl washed…20 minutes. Awesome!

Note: When my son looked at the ugly spoon-fulls we had plopped on the cookie sheet, he asked why we didn’t using a rolling pin. I had to think on my feet. They are now called “self-leveling” sugar cookies. What can I say, it worked…in more ways than one. They were the most beautiful self-leveling sugar cookies we ever ate.

    Lynn - January 16, 2012

    I am fixing to make them and I will add the extra sugar. I sure do hope they turn out good. I am crossed between the shortening or the maragarine. I am also thinking about doubling the recipe.

Linda - February 8, 2012

Lynn these cookies are amasing if you dont overcook them of course my 7 kids made them it was worth the mess! Great for douling though.

jennifer loppnow - April 21, 2012

yum yum yum!! added alittle bit of instant oats,cinmn and nutmeg, little more sugar….whew.. good for my tummy :)

Wendy - July 23, 2012

THESE COOKIES SUCKED they turned out flat. Thanks a lot.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - July 24, 2012

    Does anyone have some constructive criticism for these cookies so we might learn if we can make them turn out better? Has anyone made them and had them turn out the way you liked?

      Kathleen Carscadden - January 16, 2014

      Have you ever tried rolling these cookies out? I need to make 300 heart shaped cookies for valentine’s day and hoped this recipe would work for that . What do you think?

Kira - July 31, 2012

I’m vegan, so I substituted apple sauce for the egg and almond milk for the regular milk. The cookies came out great, but a bit flat.

Lori - August 8, 2012

Made these tonight and they were excellent! Added the extra sugar but think they would be fine without it. also only used vanilla. They were not flat either :)

Erin - June 12, 2013

Good recipe! I didn’t have any AP flour, so I used self rising flour and just omitted the salt and baking powder. I also added an extra 1/2 cup of sugar to the batter. The cookies rose nicely and they have nice texture and flavor. Will definitely save this recipe!

Caley - August 16, 2013

I doubled the recipe. They were too sticky to roll, but the sprinkles stuck when we decorated, so the kids were fine. They weren’t as flat as normal sugar cookies, which I liked. Not a ton of flavor…but….they’re sugar cookies lol All in all pretty good. I added food coloring to some for pink cookies and topped with sprinkles and m&m’s :) Easy recipe. Kids loved it.

Nancy - August 17, 2013

I tried this last night, using the shortening instead of the butter, and I balled them and coated with cinnamon sugar mix before baking, also I didn’t grease the pan. They turned out perfectly.

Shelly - October 8, 2013

I am wondering how many cookies can be made with this recipe?

AnnMarie - January 6, 2014

YUMMY – let them sit for a day and they were crisp and sweet – just the way I love them. Must. Stop . Eating.

Samantha - November 8, 2014

I halved the ingredients except for the sugar, used shortening, and substituted the vanilla for LorAnn’s strawberry-flavored oil; it was delicious! My family has asked me to bake these again. Thanks for the recipe!

Maddy - May 16, 2015

Best cookies I have ever had, I personally don’t like to much sugar, I use saluted butter and maple extract instead of vanilla too TRY IT it’s delicious

Kyra - January 23, 2016

These cookies are the best of the best. I Love them……BTW Home made ^.^

Trina - January 23, 2016

Snowed in weekend..what a great time to entertain your pre-teen. We normally bake cookies from a bag or pillsbury dough chocolate chips….This time classic homemade!!!!

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