Giant Sugar Cookies

If you’ve been searching for a wonderfully soft and tender sugar cookie, you’re in luck. These cakey sugar cookies are loved by all who try them!

I particularly enjoy serving them at brunch parties. While I usually bake the cookies large, they’re also cute when baked smaller and served with afternoon tea. I topped the cookies with colored sugar for the photos, but granulated white sugar and rainbow sprinkles are other tasty – and pretty – options!

Need sweet favors for an event? These sugar cookies are a great choice because they stay soft for days and freeze well. Bake and bag the cookies the day before your event without worrying about them tasting stale. When your guests get around to eating them, the cookies will taste like they were baked fresh that day.

Happy sugar cookie baking!

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Giant Sugar Cookies

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 8
Calories: 219kcal



  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a baking tray with parchment and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt.
  • In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and ½ cup sugar until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in the dry ingredients until incorporated.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough onto the lined sheet tray. (I use a ⅓-ounce scoop.) Use a damp palm to just slightly flatten the dough mounds, then sprinkle the tops with sugar.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until tops are set and edges are lightly browned.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg