Call everyone you know. I have done the impossible. I have concocted THE BEST sugar cookie recipe I have ever tested. I had an aunt when I was younger who always made cookies with me and let me decorate them for fun. I looked forward to it every single holiday and I have so many fun memories of being with her. But all good things must come to an end- I am grown and she has moved to California. So I guess its my time to be the cookie baker.
I wanted my kids to have similar memories of holidays. What kid doesn’t love cookies?? So I set out to find the best sugar cookie recipe. There were a lot of good ones, but this one leaves them all in the dust. You can make these cookies as thick or as thin as you want- and if you want to smack some serious frosting on that thing, go for it! The great thing about these cookies is you can make them for any holiday, even the little ones. Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas….all of them! You can start by getting one new cookie cutter every time you make cookies and start a cookie cutter collection with your kids; they would love to pick out some silly cookie cutters! I took my kids to Michael’s knowing they would have some wacky ones- and my son picked out a train and my daughter picked out a crown…which fit them both perfectly. The crown I don’t know how I will use- but I decided the train can be the Polar Express Christmas cookies this year! If you’re trying to save a little “dough” and don’t want to invest in a cookie cutter collection, just use the drinking end of a glass to cut some cookies. You can still decorate for the holiday of your choice with colored frosting and sprinkles!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Mix butter and sugar together in a medium sized bowl.
- Add in the two eggs and the vanilla.
- In a different bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients.
- Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture slowly until the dough forms.
- Cover the dough in the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Some recipes will tell you that you can let it chill for at least 3 hours. I tried that with this recipe and they did NOT turn out as well. Because there is so much butter in this recipe the dough will be too soft if not chilled.
- When you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Flour your counter and dump the dough out of the bowl. Roll it out with a rolling pin (as thick or thin as you like) and start cookie cuttin’!
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Keep and eye on them because you want them to barely be golden when you pull them out.
- Enjoy the deliciousness!!!