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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe that will never fail you! Sweet, chewy, soft but still firm enough to hold up to being decorated. Simply delicious!


The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe dough rolled out with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter.

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There are certain things that you just have to make each Christmas, and for my family it’s sugar cookies.


Every year we make sugar cookies with Santa Claus faces to leave for the “Big Guy” on Christmas Eve.


But when I saw these super cute Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas cookies,  I decided I wanted to give them a try.  Who doesn’t need a little Mickey this time of year?


Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cookies


I’ve been using this sugar cookie recipe for many years and it has never failed me. The only problem that I’ve run into is that sometimes I eat too much of the dough before I have the chance to bake them.


I call it The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe because I have found it to be just that. Sweet, chewy, soft, but still firm enough to hold up to being decorated.


Ingredients for the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 1 1/2 Cups Butter, softened
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt


How to Make the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe


    1. Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
    2. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing.
    3.  Mix in the dry ingredients.  
    4. When the dough is combined, refrigerate it for at least an hour to overnight.  Don’t skip this step!  Having cold dough will ensure that your cookie holds it shape and doesn’t flatten when baked.Sugar Cookie Dough in a Mixer
    5.  Roll out your dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
    6. Use your desired cookie cutter (Mickey Mouse) to cut out shapes. I picked up my Mickey Mouse cookie cutter at the cute little gift shop outside Splash Mountain at Disney World, but you can find one HERE on Amazon.Best Sugar Cookie dough with a rolling pin and Mickey Mouse cookie cutter
    7. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes.Unbaked Mickey Sugar Cookies
    8. Allow them to rest on the baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.


How to Decorate Mickey & Minnie Christmas Cookies


After baking the cookies, the fun really begins! That’s when you get to make your yummy little cookies into beautiful creations.  


Mickey & Minnie Sugar Cookies


The icing for these cookies couldn’t be easier to make with items you probably already have in your pantry! 



Decorating Icing Ingredients


  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 – 4 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring (in desired colors)


How to Make Sugar Cookie Decorating Icing


  1. Mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk.
  2. Add in the vanilla and corn syrup and mix well.
  3. The outline icing should be the consistency of toothpaste.
  4. To make the flood/fill icing, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time until the icing is the consistency of syrup. 
  5. Color your icing with gel food coloring in your desired colors.


If you’re going to make your cookies for a special occasion, I would suggest making them at least the day before to allow the icing to harden.  Just store the cookies covered, in a cool dry place.

More Christmas Cookies:


Melt-Away Christmas Cookies


Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

Melt Away Christmas Cookies

Easy Santa Sugar Cookies

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The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
The BEST Sugar Cookies that are sweet, chewy, soft yet firm enough to be decorated. Simply delicious!
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Cookies, Standard Size
Decorating Icing
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Cookies, Standard Size
Decorating Icing
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.
Decorating Icing
  1. Mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract and corn syrup. Mix well.
  3. Make the outline icing the consistency of toothpaste.
  4. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, to make the icing the consistency of syrup for the fill icing.
  5. Add gel food coloring to achieve desired colors.
Recipe Notes

Make sure you chill the dough! Pick up a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter here!

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26 Comments on The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. The third step on the instructions says to bake for 6-8 mins. And cool completely before baking? Do u mean before decorating?

  2. To chill the dough can it be left for only the hour or does it have to be chilled to overnight? I’m starting the dough now so I’m wondering what’s best to do.

  3. Hey, I ran out of time and by the time I get round to making these it will have been 48 hours in the fridge, is that going to be a problem?

  4. Do you have the recipe for the icing you used on the cookies I’ve made the cookies for my sons birthday in September (plain but changed the colour of the dough) everyone loved it I’m making the recipe again but wanted to see if you have the icing recipe for what you used

  5. These cookies were fun to make with my daughter. Use unsalted butter though bc we used the regular butter (salted) and it make the cookies taste more salty then sweet. Now we know 😉

  6. My dough is really sticky almost like a cake batter. I have put it in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours hoping it will stiffen up. What should I do if it doesn’t come together like dough?

    • I’m not sure why it would be that consistency, I’ve never had that happen before. I would maybe try adding more flour. Hope that helps!

  7. It says to preheat oven to 400 degrees, is this Fahrenheit? As this is about 200 degrees celcius which seems a little too high for cookies?

  8. Hi I’m from the uk and would love to try out this recipe for my daughters first birthday. Do you have a uk. Measurement recipe and what would all purpose flour be in uk. Thanks For your help.

  9. Once i have baked my cut out cookies how long can they be stored before frosting them? I don’t want them to dry out and how how do you store the cookies before frosting and after to keep fresh?

    • I haven’t tried anything but corn syrup, but you might be able to use honey, maple syrup, or 1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup of water. Hope that helps!

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