Elephant Sugar Cookies

Elephant Sugar Cookies

Here's a delicious sugar cookie recipe that includes directions on how to get a perfectly shaped cookie every time!


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened for 20 minutes at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, cold
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon extract (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy and pale (about 5 minutes). Beat in eggs.
  3. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add vanilla and lemon extract; blend.
  4. Remove half of dough from bowl. Place on a lined cookie sheet or board lined with parchment paper. Roll out until you have a thin layer of dough about 1/4-inch thick. Use a little extra flour on top of the dough to keep it from sticking to the roller. Repeat this step with the remaining dough.
  5. Remove one cookie sheet with chilled dough. Using the cookie cutter of your choice, cut out shapes of dough and put them on a new cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once you've filled the cookie sheet with cookie cutouts, place back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Repeat above steps for additional chilled dough until you've cut out all of your cookies.
  7. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  8. Let cookies cool before decorating.
  9. Keeping your dough chilled is the KEY to making perfectly shaped sugar cookies. Don't skip this step!