Let me start by saying I have tried at least 20 different sugar cookie recipes over the last few years in search of a good one to make cut outs. My search is over. This recipe is perfect. Wonderful flavor, not overly sweet, perfect balance of chewiness and crispiness.
You MUST try them. Come on Moms, do it with your kids. Make a big ole mess and a pile of memories letting them get cookie dough and icing and sprinkles all over. Wonderful fun. Nothing a little clean up won’t fix. And believe me when i tell you, WORTH IT.
We made a bunch for valentines gifts. They turned out SO cute. You can probably tell from the pictures which ones my kids decorated and which ones I wouldn’t let them touch. 🙂 I wanted some to be more. . . I don’t know, perfect looking.
Rest assured though, they got to throw sprinkles all over plenty of cookies. We had a great time!
Without further ado, here is the recipe.
1 C real butter (no substitutions!)
1 C sugar
1 egg (make sure to use a large or extra large egg)
1 1/2 t almond extract (or other flavor of your choice, like vanilla)
3 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and extract and mix to incorporate.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
Shape the dough into 2 flat disks and wrap in waxed paper and place in the fridge to chill for 1-2 hours. If you want your cookies to hold their shape well, the dough needs to be really chilled.
**A great time saving tip is to immediately roll dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper and place on a flat surface in the fridge. It will chill super fast and be ready to go in no time.
When you’re ready to roll out dough lightly sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out dough with a rolling pin.
I roll my dough about 1/4 inch thick and I thought they were perfect.
Line pans with parchment paper and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. The baking time really depends on how you like them. If you like them really soft under-bake them. In my oven, about 8 minutes does it. However if you’re making large cookies, or ones with small parts or heavy frosting, you might want to be careful because they might break when they’re super soft.
*Using the parchment paper is great b/c not only do the cookies not stick. . . You can also slide the whole piece of paper off the baking sheet to cool on your counter. They will cool much faster this way and you won’t have to move individual cookies to a cooling rack. Also, I ice mine while still sitting on the parchment paper. Makes clean up a cinch! When they are dry, I just move the cookies to a nice tray and wad up the parchment and throw it away.
Anyway, back to the baking: About 8 minutes will get you a really soft cookie, a few minutes longer (when they start to just brown around the edges) and you’ll get just a little crispiness around the edges and then a soft center, and bake even longer (and roll thinner) and you’ll get a buttery, crispy cookie that will just melt in your mouth. Any way you do it, they’ll taste good. Let the cookies cool completely!!!
Then, ice them with Glace Icing. They turn out so pretty.
1lb powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 C)
5T whole milk (low-fat actually works, but use whole if you can)
6T light Corn Syrup (6T is equal to 1/4 C plus another 2 T)
1 t extract (I use almond because I use almond in my sugar cookies)
With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth (no lumps!) Then stir in corn syrup and extract.
Divide the icing into different bowls and color it however you like. Then spoon a small amount on each cookie and spread it wherever you would like. You can also dip them face down to get a good covering. Now add sprinkles, sugar, etc… and let your creativity run wild! I even used a toothpick to swirl some of the colors. Turned out very pretty.
*By the way, our Gainesville Target has lots of pretty sprinkles right now in their dollar section. Made for some cheap decorations for our cookies!
These will need to sit out for about 8 hours to fully dry. I know that sounds like a long time but the finished product is beautiful and so fun to wrap up for people. I bought some of those little clear treat bags and packaged them nicely. 🙂
of course, if you aren’t making these to give away you don’t have to let them dry the whole time. Dig right in!