Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

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These Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies are an absolute classic. Easy to make. Nothing fancy. Great to make with kids.

Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

As simple as these cookies are, this recipe suggests a fantastic technique that will be great to apply to other recipes: shape the dough ball, then dip it into water, then dip it in the colored sugar. This gets the sugar to adhere beautifully.

Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

One thing I love about these cookies is that you can mix up the sugar dependent on the season. Making them for Christmas? Go red and green. Make them for a sports gathering? Use team colors. Make them for a birthday? Use favorite colors.

Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

Really, this is a recipe that has fun dough, and is a fun one to make all the way through. Plus, the cookies are tasty, especially with some milk, coffee, or tea.

Bready or Not: Sugar-Dipped Butter Cookies

This classic, kid-friendly cookie recipe is fun and easy, perfect for little helpers. This is a great opportunity to bring out colored sugars to make the cookies festive for holidays or sports gatherings! Makes about 40 cookies using a teaspoon scoop.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 40 cookies
Author: Beth Cato


  • teaspoon scoop
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 cubes) room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup colored sugar
  • water


  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat together white sugar and butter until creamy. Add egg. Mix in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Place colored sugar in a bowl. Put a small amount of water in a saucer.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of ball in water, then in sugar. Place colorful side-up on baking sheet, spaced out.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until set with golden edges. Let cool on a rack, then pack into a sealed container.