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Easy Homemade Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here is a delicious sugar cookie recipe without baking powder or baking soda. They’re super easy to make, and the results are wonderful!

This recipe gives you delicious, soft, and chewy cookies without the need for baking powder. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this simple and tasty treat.

plate of sugar cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe Without Baking Powder

Whether you are out of baking powder or you prefer not to use it, don’t worry! This easy sugar cookie recipe without baking powder will still give you delicious and chewy cookies.

plate of sugar cookies with crumbs around the plate

You just need a few ingredients to make the best tasting sugar cookies. Get ready to indulge in this classic treat with this hassle-free recipe.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies Without Baking Powder

If you’ve always heard that you need baking powder to make delicious sugar cookies, put that in the past. Baking powder makes the cookies rise. But if you want a thinner cookie, you’ll love this recipe.

package of gluten-free flour

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Softened butter
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vanilla extract
butter, sugar, and vanilla extract

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Unsalted butter is the best option. However, I’ve used salted butter, and they’ve turned out almost as good.

Sugar Cookie Recipe Without Eggs

You may have noticed that I didn’t include eggs on this ingredients list. However, if you want to add an egg, or even just an egg yolk, to the recipe, go right ahead. 

And then follow the recipe as stated. Your cookies should turn out great! The way I make them, they turn out very thin and somewhat lacy around the edges. With eggs, they’ll be a tad thicker, and it’s still a great recipe.

How to Make Sugar Cookies Without Baking Powder

Making sugar cookies without baking powder is easier than you might think. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

sugar cookie ingredients in a bowl

Next, combine the sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix the ingredients.

Mixing sugar cookie ingredients

It’s best to use either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, but you can stir by hand. Slowly add the flour and continue to mix the dough. Use either a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop the dough.

cookie dough ball in bowl of sugar

Roll each scoop of cookie dough into a little ball. Then roll it in the extra sugar if you want a sugar coating. Put each ball of dough on the lined cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. 

cookie dough balls on cookie sheet

Gently press down on each ball, either with the bottom of a cup or with the back of a spoon to slightly flatten them.

spoon pressing dough balls to flatten them

Don’t make them too flat, or they’ll be too thin when they’re done.

flattened cookie dough

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges of each cookie turn a light golden brown.

baked sugar cookies with golden brown edges

Finally, remove the baking pan from the oven and then place it on a wire rack. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature before you remove them from the pan. If you skip this step, you’ll wind up with nothing but cookie crumbs. I learned this the hard way, but the crumbs were still delicious.

Helpful Tips for this Sugar Cookie Recipe Without Baking Powder

With a few of the following tips, you can still get some great results when making these yummy sugar cookies. 

Sugar cookies on a cooling rack

Here are a few tips:

  • For best results, cream the butter and sugar really well before adding the flour. If you don’t, it’s difficult to get a consistent texture.
  • Flatten the sugar cookie dough just a little bit. This does 2 things. It helps prevent them from rolling during the first few minutes of baking. And it helps them to bake evenly.
  • Put the cookies in a preheated oven. If you put them in a cool oven, the timing will be off.
  • Don’t bake them too long. If you leave them in the oven too long, they’ll come out dry and brittle. If you take them out at the correct time, you’ll have some delicious, soft sugar cookies.
  • This recipe calls for white sugar. But you can also use brown sugar for a new dimension of flavor.
  • Try substituting almost extract for the vanilla flavor for a slightly different taste.
  • You can double this recipe if you like, but make sure you use a large mixing bowl.

Decorate the Sugar Cookies

I like to bake cookies for the holiday season and special occasions, and these sugar cookies are perfect for decorating.

Here are some ideas:

  • Ice your cookies with either cake frosting or this easy royal icing from Out of the Box Baking. Leave the icing as is or add a few drops of food coloring to celebrate the special occasion.
  • Add colorful sprinkles. You can either add them before baking or ice them later and pour the sprinkles over the icing. The icing helps them stick to the cookies.
  • Use colored granulated sugar to add a festive touch.
  • Melt some chocolate chips and drizzle it over the tops of each cookie.

How to Store Sugar Cookies

Most cookies are fine if you leave them on the counter for 3-4 days. Just be sure to either cover them in plastic wrap or put them in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out too quickly.

cookies with a bite out of one

Enjoy Your Sugar Cookies

Whether you decorate your sugar cookies or leave them plain, they’ll be absolutely delicious because there’s nothing more satisfying than homemade sugar cookies! So enjoy them, and don’t forget to share.

plates of sugar cookies and one cookie with a bite out of it

More Easy Cookie Recipes

If you’re like me, you enjoy having more than one type of cookie in your cookie jar. Here are some easy ones that we enjoy!

Butterscotch Pecan Cookies – These super sweet and delicious cookies are always a big hit at any get-together with friends and family members. And they’re super easy to make!

butterscotch pecan coookies on a plate

Pecan Brownie Cookies – I enjoy these because you get the texture of a cookie and the flavor of a brownie.

plate of pecan brownie cookies and a glass of milk

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – This is a favorite recipe inspired by one of my great-grandmothers. She taught me the long version, and I found a way to simplify it with one of my many shortcuts.

Raspberry thumbprint cookies on a plate beside a napkin

Breakfast Cookies – These delicious cookies only have 3 ingredients. And they’re super nutritious, so they make a great grab-and-go breakfast!

Breakfast cookies on a cooling rack

Peanut Butter Cookies – I follow a gluten-free diet, so I’ve figured out how to make these delicious peanut butter cookies without a speck of flour. And they’re amazing!

plate of peanut butter cookies

Pumpkin Cookies – This is another 3-ingredient cookie recipe. Next time you crave something with pumpkin, make these. You’ll be glad you did!

Pumpkin cookies stacked on a plate

Mini Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie – If you like chocolate chip cookies, you’ll love this one. I make it when it’s just for my husband and me.

chocolate chip skillet cookie

Easy Scotcheroos – I’m including these yummy scotcheroos cookie bars here because they’re so yummy! And they’re easy to make.

pan and plates of scotcheroos

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars – If you make these, you’d better have enough for everyone to have seconds. They disappear very quickly.

Fudge bar servings on a plate

All of the cookies listed above are winners at our house. Try a couple of them and delight your family and friends. They don’t have to know how easy they are to make.

Yield: 12 cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe Without Baking Powder

sugar cookies on a cooling rack

These easy sugar cookies are made without baking powder, and they're absolutely delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (preferably unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of more granulated sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a medium bowl combine sugar, butter, and vanilla. It’s best to use an electric mixer, but you can stir by hand.
  3. Add flour and mix until well blended.
  4. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the dough. Roll each scoop of dough into balls.
  5. If you want the cookies to have additional sugar, put it in a small bowl and roll the dough balls in it.
  6. Place the balls of sugared dough on the lined cookie sheet. Gently press down on each ball with the back of a spoon or the bottom of a cup to slightly flatten them. Don’t make them too flat because they’ll spread a little as they cook.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges turn a light golden brown.
  8. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Allow them to cool to room temperature. If you skip this step, the cookies are likely to fall apart.


You can use sprinkles or colored sugar on top if you want extra color. This is perfect for holidays or other special occasions.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 136Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 61mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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