5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies Recipe

When glazing, use a shallow bowl that will accommodate the entire cookie.

Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies

Linda Pugliese, Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Buffy Hargett Miller


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 3 cups powdered sugar, divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • Parchment paper

  • White nonpareils


  1. Beat butter and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat 30 seconds. Add flour, beating at low speed until combined.

  2. Place dough on lightly floured parchment paper, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer rolled dough and parchment paper to a baking sheet, and chill 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut dough with lightly floured 2-inch cutters; place 1/2 inch apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and repeat process.

  4. Bake, in batches, at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

  5. Whisk together 2 1/2 Tbsp. water and remaining 2 cups powdered sugar. Dip top of each cookie in glaze, and transfer to a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle with nonpareils. Let stand 1 hour or until set.

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