Homemade Sugar Cookies

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!
Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

These light and airy Homemade Sugar Cookies are going to hit the spot just right. You guys know I have a thing for super soft cookies and these ones definitely fit that category. This is a classic sugar cookie recipe, but these are so light and moist inside. And even better, they’re only 51 calories each. That means you can eat 10 of them, right? Ha! Just kidding.  (maybe). 

Homemade sugar cookies are a classic recipe that never goes out of style! They are great year round, but I especially crave them around the holidays.

How to Make Sugar Cookies Video

There is a huge variety of different sugar cookie recipes floating around, but these always turn out so good. They are a major hit with anyone that tries them.

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

What Makes These The Best Sugar Cookies?

The holidays are a super busy time, but I ALWAYS make time for baking tons of festive cookies and at the top of my list are these Homemade Sugar Cookies! I can remember every year baking with my mom, and I really look forward to this special time with my daughter too.

This sugar cookie is the best because not only are these absolutely irresistible, they are also so easy. Everything gets mixed in one bowl, these don’t require any chill time and the ingredients are basic and ones that you probably have on hand. These also turn out fabulous every time I make them! So, let’s get to baking!

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

Ingredients For Soft Sugar Cookies:

Nothing too fancy or complicated here! This is a basic sugar cookie recipe with the typical ingredients including butter, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. However, these cookies include two ingredients you often don’t see in sugar cookie recipes – vegetable oil and confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar). Both ingredients work together to give these cookies that perfect light and airy bite.

How Do You Make Homemade Sugar Cookies?

To make the best sugar cookies you need to have the perfect dough. Start this recipe by using a hand mixer to cream together sugars, butter and oil until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Next, mix in the flour until it is just combined.

With the dough complete, scoop it out and roll it into 1-inch balls with your hands. Place each ball on a cookie sheet that has been greased or lined with silicone baking mats. Use the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to flatten the balls to ¼-inch thickness. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until the cookie edges are lightly browned. Remove and allow cookies to cool.

You can leave the cookies as-is or make them a little more festive by adding frosting or just some colorful sprinkles.

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

Tips For Homemade Sugar Cookies:

  • When rolling the balls of dough, try to keep the balls completely smooth to get minimal cracking during baking.
  • Sugar cookies stay fresh for a good amount of time. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to about 2 weeks.
  • Use a cookie dough scoop or measuring spoon to scoop the dough. This will ensure that the cookies are all the same size and they will bake more evenly.
  • You can add your favorite flavor extracts for a fun twist on the classic recipe. Try lemon, almond, maple or orange!

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

How Do You Keep These Sugar Cookies Light & Airy?

The best way to ensure that these cookies are soft, light and airy is to be very careful to not over-bake them. When they are done cooking, they will be just a tiny bit golden brown around the edges. Bake them too long and you’ll end up with crispy sugar cookies. Once cookies have cooled, be sure to store them in a covered container to keep their light texture.

I couldn’t let the holidays go by without sharing this family favorite recipe with you! If you have baking plans, you definitely need to give this recipe a try!

You’re going to LOVE these homemade sugar cookies! They’re simple, delicious, and perfectly tender with just the right amount of sweetness. They are definitely my go-to for cookie exchanges, bake sales and homemade gifting!

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

More Holiday Cookies To Try:

Christmas Donut Cookies
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chow Mein Cookies
Chocolate Pretzel Cookies
White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies
Easy Sugar Cookies

Did you make and love this recipe? Give it your review below! 👇 And make sure to share your creations by tagging me or using the hashtag #brooklynfarmgirl on Instagram!

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Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Easy to make homemade sugar cookies that are only 51 calories each.  This simple recipe makes light and airy sugar cookies, perfect for dessert and Christmas cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • additional sugar to coat

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets or put down nonstick silicone baking mats.

  2. In a large bowl cream together sugars, butter and oil until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
  3. Mix in flour and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar to flatten the balls to 1/4 inch thick.

  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until very light brown.

  7. Remove and cool.

Recipe Video

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  • I just finished making these cookies and they are DELICIOUS!! I doubled the recipe and made them a little smaller so they ended up coming out to 28 cal a cookie! Since I’m on a low cal diet these are going to be my go to treat! They are AWESOME

  • Don’t really understand how they’re fifty-one calories each.
    I converted the measurements into metric, and calculated the calories per gram of each ingredient.

    65g Powdered Sugar = 253
    100g Sugar = 387
    112g Butter = 803
    109g Oil = 981
    55g Egg = 80
    6g Vanilla = 17
    3g Tsp Salt
    8g Tsp Powder = 5
    315g Flour = 1147

    3673 (calories) ÷ 773 (grams) = about 4.8 calories per gram

    If this recipe makes twenty-four cookies, then each one should weigh about thirty-two grams.

    32 x 4.8 = 153.6 per cookie.

    That’s what I come up with, anyway.

    • I agree. I ate four of them thinking they were low calorie but thought it sounded off after thinking and checked and that’s what I came up with as well.

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE simple sugar cookies. I never seem to make them though because I have no self control around them. Chocolate chip cookies can turn moldy, they sit so long…but never sugar cookies. These look really light too. 🙂

  • This video is so cool, Pamela! I’ve never seen an ad campaign like it before. Great job 🙂

    These cookies look yum. I feel like they would be great if made with coconut oil too.

  • Most weeks require cookies, I find. 😉 Sounds like you’re busy busy busy with loads of good stuff. Good luck with all of your ventures! While you’re out there being busy, I think I’ll just stay here and enjoy these cookies. Really nice! Thanks so much.

  • Congratulations and best of luck in your venture. I think you are off to a really good start the video is great. The cookies are a work of art, melt in your mouth goodness!

  • I adore all things cookie!!! and really good sugar cookies are hard to come by! Say HI to the kitty children!! (We have five dogs and three cats so we’re all about the fuzzy people!)

  • Those cookies look awesome! One of these days I will try making cookies again…not the best baker. Oat bars and your monkeybread muffins have been about it for me and baking.

    I checked out your Reed + Rader page and watched the “I Hate Kitties” video…all of our cats stopped what they were doing (eating, walking away from being finished eating) and turned their attention towards the computer screen. :p

    Your work is really unique and fun…hope your “big dream” works out for you two. 🙂

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