Basic Cookie Dough Recipe – Lots of uses!

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough is great to have on hand whenever you get a COOKIE CRAVING.

Not only is it delicious on it’s own but it’s so VERSATILE that you can add a ton of flavors and textures to make it your own!

basic cookie dough in a bowl with a beater

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

I don’t save my cookie cravings just for the holidays, they come all year round.

Because it’s so strong I like to keep cookie dough on hand all the time and bake them as the cravings hit.

Also, because if I had a few dozen cookies already baked, hanging out on my kitchen counter, I would not be able to resist.

Some days I am in the mood for a chocolate cookie, but other days I want one that is salty and sweet with toffee and nuts.

The great thing about having a plain vanilla dough is that you can transform it into any cookie you crave!

Whip up a few batches of this basic recipe and keep all your cravings satisfied when they hit! They will last for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

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labeled picture of sugar cookie dough ingredients

Basic Dough Ingredients

  • butter
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour

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How to make basic sugar cookie dough

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.

STEP TWO: Add the eggs, salt, and vanilla. Beat until well combined.

STEP THREE: Gradually add the flour in batches and mix until fully combined. Do not overmix.

STEP FOUR: Wrap and chill the dough until ready to use.

If you want to make basic sugar cookies, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees °F for 8-10 minutes.

flour and butter in a bowl

Items to mix in the dough!

  • toffee bits
  • chocolate chips (mini, semisweet, dark, peanut butter, butterscotch, white)
  • nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, macadamia)
  • sprinkles
  • broken candy bars

Due to the classic sugar cookie recipe containing eggs this is not an edible cookie dough recipe.

shortbread cookie triangles with pecans

Tips for no leftovers

  • Make sure the butter is not too soft. You should be able to slice through the butter with a knife and have the knife come out clean and the butter still have it’s shape. Let it sit at room temperature for roughly 20 minutes.
  • Make sure you whip the butter and sugar for at least 2 minutes to get it nice and fluffy and incorporate the sugar evenly.
  • Fold or incorporate the flour in batches so it doesn’t form clumps.
  • Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking to keep the cookies from spreading.
  • Using brown sugar instead of granulated will make them richer in flavor and even more chewy.
  • If adding in mix-ins, I wouldn’t add more than 1 cup total volume. You might want to use a large bowl too.

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Sugar cookie recipes to make with it

  • Chocolate Frosted Shortbread Triangles
  • Peppermint Cookies
  • Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
  • Ice cream sandwiches
cookie dough in a clear bowl

Basic Cookie Dough

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the sugar and salt and beat until well combined.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined
  4. Gradually add the flour in batches and beat slowly until well combined.
  5. Chill until ready to bake.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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