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We tried three store-bought sugar cookie doughs and had a clear favorite

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  • INSIDER baked and taste tested two major brands of sugar cookie mixes, along with a store brand: Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, and Walmart.
  • The Walmart store brand was surprisingly the winner for moist and buttery cookies.
  •  Betty Crocker came in last for its overly sweet and granular cookies.


Chocolate chip cookies may get most of the love from baked good fans, but here at INSIDER, we know that the classic sugar cookie is an important staple in your cookie batch.

Whether you're noshing on them plain or decorating them for Halloween or Christmas, a good sugar cookie is anything but basic. But if you don't have time to make them from scratch, which is the most delicious brand of sugar cookie dough out there?

As part of an ongoing INSIDER Taste Test series (we previously tried cake mix, coffee, and beer), we bought two sugar cookie mixes (and one sugar cookie break-apart roll of dough) from Betty Crocker, Walmart's store brand Great Value, and Pillsbury. We tried and tasted each cookie dough kit for accuracy of recipe, texture, and flavor. The overall winner might surprise you.

Keep scrolling to see the results of our sugar cookie dough taste test.

SEE ALSO: We tested 5 pre-made chocolate chip cookie doughs and figured out the only brand worth buying

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Our test subjects were Walmart's Great Value brand, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker.

The Walmart brand called for eggs and butter; Betty Crocker called for eggs, butter, and water; and Pillsbury went in the oven as-is.



I made the Pillsbury cookies first.

The timing on the Pillsbury cookies was way off — I added four minutes to their suggested time.



The Pillsbury dough was break-apart, making the final product a lot more symmetrical than homemade cookie dough.



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