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Small Batch of Sugar Cookies

Learn to make a small batch of sugar cookies recipe. This easy sugar cookie recipe requires no chilling. The cookies hold their shape and taste great.

I already shared my small batch of sugar cookies recipe when I first started off this blog.

But, over time…I have received a lot of feedback and suggestions.

Based on that, I have updated my small batch recipe and it’s a GAZILLION times better!

My husband ate the whole batch in two sittings, which means this recipe is a winner!

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This easy sugar cookie recipe is PERFECT because:

  • The cookies hold their shape. There is no spreading during baking, which makes them perfect for cookie decorating.
  • Unlike most classic cut out sugar cookies, which become hard as rock in a few hours after baking… these cut out cookies remain crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside.
  • There is NO chilling required! You just mix all the ingredients, roll out the small batch sugar cookie dough, cut out shapes and bake.
  • These sugar cookies from scratch can easily be modified with various spices and extracts to yield different flavors.
  • This small batch sugar cookie recipe is perfect for days when you suddenly have the craving for cut out cookies but only want a small number of cookies to munch on.
  • You can also use gel coloring to color the cookie dough and bake a tray of colorful sugar cookies.

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This small batch of sugar cookies recipe is always a hit with my family and friends and the recipe is pretty much always REQUESTED!

I have served these cookies at birthday parties/ tea parties,  decorated them and used them as party favors at small events and even taken them at family picnics.

You can decorate them with royal icing or glace icing (both will give you a hard finish) or classic American buttercream frosting.

By the way, if you like this cookie recipe, you might also like some of these other delicious cookie recipes…

Funfetti sugar cookies

Coconut sugar cookies

Crackly sugar cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies

Pinwheel sugar cookies

small batch of sugar cookies 10For this small batch of sugar cookies recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk from a large egg
1 tbsp full fat sour cream
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking powder

Variations:
-To make Orange sugar cookies, replace vanilla extract with 1/2 tbsp orange extract or orange oil and also add 1/2 tbsp orange zest. You can add more or less zest depending on your preference.
– To make Almond sugar cookies, add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp almond extract.
– To make Spiced sugar cookies, add 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder and 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder. 

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Cream sugar and butter in a deep bowl.

Step 2:
Add egg yolk and vanilla extract.
Mix until everything is well-blended.

Step 3:
Add sour cream and mix again.
Sour cream adds some moisture to these cookies and prevents them from becoming rock solid.

Step 4:
Add flour, baking powder and salt.

Step 5:
Mix everything.
The batter will start to curdle and look odd.
That’s perfectly normal… you haven’t done anything wrong.

Step 6:
When the curdling happens, it’s time to use your hands to start mixing until you form a ball of cookie dough!

Step 7:
Roll this dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.

Step 8:
Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie shapes. 

Step 9:
Bake these cookies at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and then rotate your tray and bake for another 3 minutes.
Your baking times may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies.
And you are done baking your perfect small batch of sugar cookies! 

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Serves: 8 medium cookies
 
Learn to make a small batch of sugar cookies recipe. This easy sugar cookie recipe requires no chilling. The cookies hold their shape and taste great.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk from a large egg
  • 1 tbsp full fat sour cream
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Cream sugar and butter in a deep bowl.
  2. Add egg yolk and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is well-blended.
  3. Add sour cream and mix again. I think sour cream added some moisture to these cookies and prevented them from becoming very hard.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix everything. The batter will start to curdle and look odd. That’s perfectly normal… you haven’t done anything wrong.
  6. When the curdling happens, it’s time to use your hands to start mixing until you form a ball of cookie dough!
  7. Roll this dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie shapes.
  9. Bake these cookies at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and then rotate your tray and bake for another 3 minutes. Your baking times may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies.
  10. And you are done baking perfect small batch sugar cookies!
Notes
Variations:
- To make Orange sugar cookies, replace vanilla extract with ½ tbsp orange extract or orange oil and also add ½ tbsp orange zest. You can add more or less zest depending on your preference.
- To make Almond sugar cookies, add ¼ tsp vanilla extract and ½ tsp almond extract.
- To make Spiced sugar cookies, add ½ tsp cinnamon powder and ¼ tsp nutmeg powder.

Until next time, tata my lovelies!

82 Comments

  1. Sarah

    January 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Hello! Is it 350° C or F?

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      January 14, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      All my oven temperatures are in Farreneheits. Happy baking!

  2. Mai

    January 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hello can I skip the sour cream? Thank you

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      January 16, 2017 at 2:00 am

      No. Sour cream gives the best results but you can replace it with thick greek yogurt or cream cheese. Happy baking!

  3. Suzanne

    February 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Do you know if I would need to make high altitude adjustments? I am 6300 ft above sea level.

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      February 4, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Oh man… that’s tricky. I have never tried that. So, I really don’t know how this recipe needs to be tweaked for those altitudes. Sorry!

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