Sugar cookies are a time-honored holiday tradition that are as fun to cut out and decorate as they are to eat, but they’re often too hard for those undergoing orthodontic treatment to snack on safely and comfortably.

Luckily, there are softer versions of this classic cookie that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including the braces-wearers in your life. The recipe we’re sharing here is particularly easy to make and perfect for cut-outs as it holds it shape nicely. Enjoy!


Print braces friendly sugar cookie recipe
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed. Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
  • Don’t overbake or you’ll lose the softness (and therefore, braces-friendliness). Take out of oven as soon as the middle no longer looks “wet.”
  • Melt the butter on the stove before mixing with sugar for easier creaming.
  • Reduce vanilla to one tsp and add one tsp of almond extract for a different flavor. Can also add cinnamon, nutmeg, or orange/lemon zest for variety.

This recipe was adapted from “Soft Christmas Cookies” on


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