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Stack of Small-batch Sugar Cookies on a white plate.

Small-batch Sugar Cookies (3 Ways)

These Small-batch Sugar Cookies are perfect sugar cookies. Buttery, with slightly crisp edges and chewy centers, they’re fast and easy to make, require no chilling time, and can be made in just one bowl. Plus tips and tricks for making *your* perfect sugar cookie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 cookies
Calories 197kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment

Small-batch Sugar Cookies

  • 1/3 cup (76g) salted butter softened
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (80g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (98g) all-purpose flour measured by weight or using the spoon and sweep method*
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, granulated sugar or sprinkles for rolling (optional)

Optional Glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk + more to reach desired consistency
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup *
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons food coloring optional


Small-batch Sugar Cookies

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and a line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla (or almond extract) and beat until well-combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix until there is no dry flour left at the bottom of the bowl and the dough begins to clump.
  • Divide dough into six parts and roll into balls. If rolling in sprinkles or sugar, do so now.
  • Place dough on the prepared cookie sheet, well-spaced, and use the palm of your hand to press cookies out to 1/2-inch thick (no thinner).
  • Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until you see just a hint of golden color around the bottom edges of the cookies. Cool completely on the cookie sheet.

Optional Glaze

  • Once cookies are cooled, in a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Stir until well-combined.
  • Add corn syrup and stir until smooth. Add about 2 to 4 drops of food coloring if desired and stir until uniform in color. Add more milk if necessary to get a drizzling consistency.
  • Spoon over cookies and allow 10 to 15 minutes for the glaze to set. Enjoy!


*Correct flour measurement is very important in this recipe. For best results, measure by weight or the Spoon and Sweep Method (stir the flour in your container to fluff it up and then spoon it into your measuring cup, sweep excess off with the flat of a knife).
*To make glaze without corn syrup, simply omit the syrup and add milk by the 1/4 teaspoon until glaze reaches a thick drizzling consistency. Be careful not to add too much or the glaze might not set.
Approximate nutritional information is for plain sugar cookies.


Calories: 197kcal