Facts About Sugar Cookies

By AnnMarie Kropf

A sugar cookie is a tasty baked treat that satisfies your sweet tooth. The basic recipe can be manipulated for different variations.


The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state's symbol.


A basic sugar cookie recipe found in Aaron Morgan's "The Artful Cookie" uses 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 2 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 beaten egg and 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (2004).

Time & Temperature

Sugar cookies bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges brown slightly.


Dough is traditionally rolled flat and cut into shapes and either left plain or decorated with colored sugar, sprinkles or icing.

Fun Fact

As of 2003, the United States Congress was in debate over two conflicting bills designating the official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: chocolate chip or sugar cookie.