Sugar dough recipe for cookies, pies and tarts

Sugar dough recipe for cookies, pies and tarts

My sugar cookie dough is not too sweet and not too buttery. So it has a nice crunch when you take a bite, and doesn't crumble all over the place. It's light in taste so you keep wanting to eat more with out feeling heavy.  This dough can be used for cookies, pies, and fruit tarts. It has a unique taste that keeps you coming back for more.

Below is the video demonstration, ingredients and step by step directions. At the end are some pictures of pastries that I have made with this sugar cookie dough recipe. Look for these other recipes on my YouTube Channel and website.


4 ounces (113 grams) of butter
4 ounces (113 grams) of margarine
4 ounces (113 grams) of sugar
1/2 an egg (beat one egg in a bowl and pour half of it in your mixer)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 ounces (283 grams) of cake flour (if you don't have cake flour use all purpose flour)

Step by step recipe:

1. Blend the butter and margarine spread together (buy a healthy butter spread that does not have palm oil in it).  Make sure they are both at room temperature and soft before mixing them. Start at low speed and slowly increase your speed so they are well incorporated.

2. Add your sugar to the butter and margarine and mix until incorporated well. Start at low speed and increase gradually. You can stop the mixer at different times and with a spatula scrape the sides of the bowl towards the center.

3. Now add your egg and vanilla to the mixture and mix well.

4. Now add your flour one big table spoon at a time while mixing at low speeds and then gradually increase speed. Again scrape the sides of the bowl towards the center with a spatula and mix well.

5. Now place your pastry dough or sugar dough on a tray or bowl and flatten out. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours before taking it out to make your cookies, pie shell, or fruit tarts. The longer it stays in the refrigerator the better.

6. Bake at 380 for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.  You will want to make sure it is turns a golden brown.

You have made your sugar dough or pastry dough, great job! Now use this dough to make cookies, apple pies, fruit tarts and more. Look for these other recipes on my channel and website. I am in the process of updating my website with these recipes, so please be patient and check often for updates, if it is not here yet. The good thing is that if you are subscribed for my email alerts, then you will be notified automatically when these are posted. Enjoy!

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  1. your recipies are the best and simple with great results. Thanks

  2. I try the white cake for my son birthday,it was simple and perfect thank you sweet heart

    • Happy to hear that you made this for your son’s birthday. That makes me very happy.

  3. Thank you so much for those great recipes .
    They are more than great .

    • Thank You for your compliments and kind words! Best wishes!

  4. Just baked a custard tart and topped it with strawberries dusted with powdered sugar, looks and smells amazing. I will post on taste and reaction of family and friends. Very professional and authentic too!

  5. Just like I thought the reaction was a big success they loved the tart. My husband thought it was a fancy cheesecake everyone loved it. Thank you Nadia your recipes and videos are one of a kind.

    • Awesome! I am glad to hear that your family and friends loved it!

  6. Can I leave out the vanilla extract from the ingredients??

  7. Hi I sure will try ur recipes.

  8. Sorry, a little confused here…We’re only using half of a beaten egg, is that correct?

  9. Hi, I am new for baking, what is different between butter and margarine? Thanks

    • Hi Sanaz. I could spend several paragraphs explaining the difference between butter and margarine. However, If you really want to know full details please look up the difference on google. Hope that helps. Best wishes, Nadia

  10. I made this recipe but after 6 hours keeping in refrigerator, for making biscuits, how long with what temperature should be in oven? Thanks

    • I’m not sure. You can experiment. I would bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The timing would depend on your oven. Hope that helps. – Nadia

  11. Hi nadia ,ur recipes r amazing. Thanks .one question, can v use the whole amount of only butter n omit margarine.?

    • Yes you can just use butter if that’s what you prefer.

  12. Your cookie dough recipe – how long do you bake and at what temp ?

    • You will bake at 380 for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. You want to see it turn a golden brown.

  13. so nadia what is the purpose of adding margarine if you already have butter is it only for taste or …………….?

    • You can use all butter or part butter part margarine its up to your taste buds.

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