What is a copycat recipe for Panera sugar cookies?


Quick Answer

To prepare a copycat recipe of Panera Bread's sugar cookie recipe, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, an egg, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, flour and sour cream. Chill the dough before baking, and bake for 6 to 8 minutes.

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Copycat Panera Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hrs. 45 min.

Cook Time: 8 min.

Ready In: 2 hrs. 53 min.


  • 8 tbsp.. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Step 1: Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and flour in a large bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Whip together the butter and sugar, and then add in the vanilla and egg. Alternately add the flour mixture and sour cream into the butter mixture.

Step 3: Tightly wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 4: Line baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425 F.

Step 5: On a floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place on the cookie sheets. Chill the cookies in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before baking.

Step 6: Bake the cookies for 6 to 8 minutes, until the edges are browned. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Add icing, if desired.

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