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Sugar Cookie Recipe – Great for Kids

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A good sugar cookie recipe that doesn’t fall apart when the kids are helping in the kitchen is essential for all holiday baking.  This sugar cookie recipe is just that!  The recipe produces a sugar cookie dough that is sturdy to roll, cut and move from counter to baking sheets.


Sugar Cookies


I don’t have too many cookie recipes that I am attached to.  I love my perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and I often make the kids breakfast cookies in the mornings.  But in general, I’m just don’t get too attached to cookie recipes because I like to try lots of different varieties.  But a tried and true delicious sugar cookie recipe is a must have for holiday baking with kids.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I purchased some Star Wars cookie cutters, which have now been floating around my kitchen for way too long.  I decided it was high time we put them to use! Unfortunately, we could only find Darth Vader, but the kids didn’t mind.  Making sugar cookies with little kids can be daunting.  Getting the cookies from the counter to the baking sheet with a sugar cookie dough that is delicate usually results in a lot of frustration and tears… and mom finishing up the baking alone.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

This sugar cookie recipe is perfect for baking with kids!  It is very sturdy so the kids can do almost all of the rolling, cutting and moving themselves.  This is an old family sugar cookie recipe that was given to me by my sister-in-law.  The original recipe calls for cutting out the cookies with a medicine bottle and all the measurements are in weights so I’m thinking it’s been around for a while.  You are supposed to bake the cookies “until brown” but mine never got brown.  I baked them for about 10-12 minutes. Bake them more for crispy cookies.

Darth Vader Sugar Cookies

Our Star Wars cookie cutters are the press and stamp variety so we did not frost our sugar cookies this time, but we have frosted them before and they are delicious either way. These are the perfect sugar cookies to have with a nice mug of homemade hot chocolate.

Note: A few readers have had issues with the dough.  It will be very oily, but should still come together fine.  I’ve never had any issues with it and neither has my sister-in-law. But I thought I’d give fair warning that it hasn’t worked for some people.

Yield: 2

Sugar Cookie Recipe - Great for Kids


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup oil (I use coconut)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 cups flour (or more)


In a large bowl, mix together eggs, oil, sugar, baking powder and vanilla.
Add enough flour so that the dough isn't sticky, about 1-2 cups.
Roll out dough in to thick sheets and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Don’t want to spend all that time rolling and cutting out sugar cookies? How about a chocolate chip peanut butter pie, instead?

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  • andrea
    December 25, 2012

    I rarely rate recipes. However, I felt the need to for this one. It was terrible! What a gooey, nasty mess. I used at least 4 cups of flour trying to get it to the consistency that would roll. What a waste of time and ingredients.

    • Camille
      December 25, 2012

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. 🙁 I hate it when I make a recipe and it doesn’t work out and I can’t figure out why. I’ve made the recipe numerous times and never had it get too sticky on me. In fact, usually it’s a tad oily. Thanks for trying it, though!

    • Darcie
      April 14, 2013

      NEVER making these again! Way too oily! I used at least 4+ cups of flour. Total fail! 🙁

      • Camille
        April 14, 2013

        I’m so sorry, Darcie! I’ll put a note in the post. I wonder if it’s the kind of oil used? I’ve never had any problems with it. It is pretty oily, but I love how firm the dough is for kids.

  • josephine diaz
    December 18, 2012

    were do i get coconut oil

  • Brandie (
    November 2, 2012

    Hey! The dough you rolled almost looks like a darth vader shape too! Looks yummy, Camille!

  • Sara
    November 2, 2012

    Oh my goooooooosh, these are the most awesome cookies EVER!!!!

    • Camille
      November 2, 2012

      Yeah, my kids thought I was the coolest mom ever to let them make Darth Vader cookies! LOL