Egg-Free Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar cookies in a stack
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Total Time 40 min
Prep 30 min, Cook 10 min
Yield about 40 cookies

This Egg-Free Sugar Cookie recipe makes the old-fashioned type of cookie that is suitable for rolling and cutting with cookie cutters. They're just like grandma's -- with all the love but without the eggs. Decorate for the holidays, birthdays, or just a special everyday treat.


  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) room-temperature butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • Sugar decorations


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream 8 ounces room-temperature butter and 1 cup white sugar together until light and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 6 tablespoons milk, and beat.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 4 teaspoons baking powder. Mix into wet ingredients.
  3. At first, the dough will appear crumbly but will come together and stick if squeezed with hands. It should be somewhat dry. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for least 1 hour before rolling.
  1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, gently lift shapes onto baking sheet.
  2. Tip: So as not to distort the shape of the cookies, place parchment paper on a baking sheet and roll and cut directly on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Just remove the scraps and bake.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly on baking sheet, then use a spatula to transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Frost or decorate cooled cookies as desired.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies

If desired, a simple buttercream frosting (tinted with liquid or paste colors, if desired) can be spread on cooled cookies and then sprinkled with colored sugar, jimmies or other sugar decorations. Here is a little tutorial on decorating Christmas cookies, which can be applied to cookies for anytime of the year.

Mailing Cookies

If you have grandkids or someone away at college who would appreciate a gift of your homemade cookies, keep these tips from Carroll Pellegrinelli,'s Desserts/Baking Expert, in mind when mailing cookies or other baked goods:

  • Choose the type of baked good you send wisely. Is it too fragile or will it hold up in transit?
  • Seal the cookies in an airtight plastic bag before slipping it into a hard container like a tin.
  • If the bag can move, stuff packing materials around it in the tin.
  • Be liberal with bubble wrap and other cushioning materials swaddled around the tin and place it in a sturdy box.
  • Use packing tape to seal the box and make sure no movement can be heard when the box is shaken. If you can, start all over!

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