Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

We love recipes with ingredients that are likely already in our cupboards and refrigerators! Sugar cookies are a quick and simple cookie to whip up, and really fun to decorate with the whole family. Courtesy of Manitoba Egg Farmers.

Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
10 min



  • 1 cup ( 250 mL ) white sugar
  • 1 cup ( 250 mL ) butter
  • 1 tsp ( 5 mL ) vanilla
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups ( 625 mL ) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ( 10 mL ) baking powder
  • ½ tsp ( 2.5 mL ) salt

Glaze Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups ( 375 mL ) icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp ( 45 mL ) milk
  • 1/8 tsp ( 0.5 mL ) almond extract
  • 3 drops food colouring (optional)



  1. With electric mixture, beat sugar, butter and vanilla until mixture is creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.  Add eggs beating after each egg; beat thoroughly. 

  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.

  3. Roll out cookie dough to ¼" (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured board. For best results, do not roll cookie dough too thin. Use cookie cutters of your choice for a variety of different shapes and sizes. Place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets.

  4. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 10 minutes or until the underside of cookies turn golden brown.

Glaze Icing

  1. Combine icing sugar with milk to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in food colouring or leave icing white. Using a pastry brush, paint frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with coloured sugar, toasted coconut or slivered almonds, chocolate shavings or chocolate chips. 


Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies, depending on size of cookie cutter.