Sugar Cookie Recipe

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This Sugar Cookie Recipe has been in my family for years and years. It is one of those cookie recipes that we pull out each year to make Christmas cookies.

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Through the years, we’ve tried a few variations off my family’s sugar cookie recipe and especially with the decorations. Mama would make a quick cookie icing and we’d add all sorts of little candies to the cookies for decoration. Some years, those cookies turned out a lot cuter than others.

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Now for the past 12 years, I, like my Mama did when I was growing up, pull out the canister of cookie cutters and turn all of the shape selection over to Little Buddy. Sometimes we end up with all snowmen, and then other years, we have a great mixture of all sorts of shapes to bake and decorate.

While the sugar cookies are cooling, I mix up the same cookie icing that my Mama always made and then we have a blast decorating them. This year, Little Buddy let me have a few to decorate myself.

I have to tell you, it was if I’d just been asked to sing on Broadway or dance with the Rockettes. Stage fright hit at such a level that I couldn’t think of anything to do other than sprinkle all of my cookies with white sanding sugar.

I’m so creative. Heh!

I’ve always loved simple and classic.

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While we’ve always loved making these as part of our baking for Christmas cookies, it’s really a great sugar cookie recipe to use whenever you’d like to make sugar cookies for decorating or just enjoying.

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Here’s my family’s sugar cookie recipe. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does! You might also like to try my Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe. Between the two, you’ll be in sugar cookie bliss!

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Sugar Cookie Recipe
 
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This sugar cookie recipe is a heirloom family favorite recipe for generations. This simple sugar cookie recipe makes perfect rollout sugar cookies perfect for decorating.
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Serves: 36 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • confectioner's sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Line baking sheet pans with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  2. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly incorporate flour into butter and sugar mixture, making sure to mix well as combined, taking care not to overmix as it causes tough cookies.
  3. Dust countertop area lightly for rolling sugar cookie dough with confectioner's sugar. Divide sugar cookie dough in half and roll to desired thickness. Cut sugar cookies with preferred cookie cutters, working dough back together and rolling and cutting until all dough has been used and placed onto prepared baking sheets.
  4. Place baking sheets into freezer for 15 minutes to prevent the dough from spreading as much while baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350º F as sugar cookie dough is in the freezer. Transfer baking sheets straight from the freezer to the oven for baking. Bake cookies until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before decorating, if desired.

 

Happy Baking!

XO,
Robyn

 

For beautiful sugar cookie decorating tips and tutorials, you need to visit my very talented friends:

Bake at 350

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Sweet Sugarbelle

DISCUSS

    • 4

      says

      Hi Tracy,
      Here’s how I decorated the cookie as photographed. I piped a line around the edges of the cookie and then filled the inside of the area with more cookie icing. Then, I used a toothpick and spread the cookie icing to eliminate any gaps in the icing. Then, I sprinkled sanding sugar (by Wilton) on top of the still wet cookie icing. Then, I just let the icing dry completely.

      Hope that helps!

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    R. Hughes says

    Are these cookies hard or chewy. My daughter wants to make cut out cookies for the kids she is babysitting for but she doesn’t want to break any teeth. So I’m looking for a soft chewy sugar cookie for cutting out. Thanks.

    • 9

      says

      These cookies are soft. I’m not a fan of hard sugar cookies at all. You’ll want to watch the baking time and not let them go longer than the 12 minutes to keep them as soft as possible.

      Your daughter is such a sweetie for making cookies for the children she babysits. Such lucky kiddos!

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    CK says

    I would like to make these with sprinkles/sanding sugar but without frosting. When should I add the decoration?

    Thanks!
    Christine

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    Christal says

    This recipe was a hit! I made ninja shaped cookies for my family for Christmas, and my dad and grandmother loved these cookies. They weren’t too sweet or too hard, perfect.

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    Bethany says

    I have tried the recipe twice now and both times it basically is complete crumbles…almost like there is too much flour. Any suggestions?

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      says

      Hi Bethany,
      I’m sorry you’ve had trouble with it. Let’s try and narrow down what could be causing the problem. When you cream together the butter and sugar, is it light and fluffy before you add in the eggs? Once you incorporate the dry ingredients with the butter mixture, you’ll want to make sure not to overmix as it will cause dry, crumbly, tough cookies.

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    ericamae says

    Can I use my stand mixer? Also i do not have enough cooking sheets to put all the cookies on, do I need to put the dough in the frige while I am waiting for the other cookies to bake? I read in other recipes that you have to keep the cookie dough cold.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    • 17

      says

      Hi Erica,
      Yes, you may use your stand mixer. Just be careful not to over mix the cookie dough or it can make the cookies tough and crumbly. I would recommend refrigerating the dough while one cookie sheet bakes.

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