February 09, 2012

The World's Best Sugar Cookies

As I mentioned before, I rarely post recipes here......but every nice in a while there's something that I feel is really worth sharing.  If I didn't share this Sugar Cookie recipe I'd feel like I was holding out on you.  It's that good.  My grandma was an incredible cook and this recipe has been handed down in our family.  




Now, let's be real here.  There's nothing healthy about these cookies.  Does the recipe call for obscene amounts of butter?  Yes.  Do you top it off with rich buttercream frosting?  Yes.  Will you loose weight eating these? No.....unless you have someone dangle one in front of you on a string so that you have to run several miles to get it.  They are however, ridiculously delicious.


So, enough talk.  Here's the recipe:

1 and 1/3 cups of butter
1 and 1/2 cups of sugar

Cream (mix) the butter and sugar together.  It helps if the butter has been left out a little while so it's a little softer, but don't melt it.

2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 and 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. of salt (I do 1/2 tsp though)

Mix till it sticks.  Then refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.  This is actually very important.  It matters.  Roll out your dough, cut into cookies, and bake.  

Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes 
till the edges are just barely light brown.  If you over cook them you'll get crunchy cookies.

I make them pretty thin because that's my favorite.  If you prefer them thicker you might need to add a little more time in the oven.
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Now for the frosting.  This one's kind of hard to write down because I just do it.  This is a small batch of frosting.  If I know I want to have plenty for the recipe above I recommend doubling it.

1 stick of butter (softened - that's a must)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3.5 cups of powdered sugar (depending on how thick you want your frosting)
a pinch of salt (optional)
either 2 Tbsp. of milk OR one egg

Note: I realize that some of you might gasp to hear that anyone would put a raw egg in frosting, but this is an old school recipe and it rocks.  The egg gives is a great consistency.  If that's horrid to you, just use a little milk.  Let's agree not to discuss this further, okay?  Thanks.

Finished cookies are likely to cause extreme satisfaction and random applause.  Crumbs are likely to be found on many faces.



Make them for Valentine's day, Christmas, Easter, or just because.


Thanks for stopping by.

21 comments:

alteredstatesstudio said...

i love your words on whether you will lose weights eating these cookies- too funny! they look so totally yummy!! and decorated them so cute- who could resist?! thanks for sharing- always looking for a good sugar cookie recipe- it's my hubby's favorite!!

Tiffany said...

Let's agree not to discuss this further, okay? ha ha! I've read some know it all commenters around blogworld, really funny, your words to squash it. I will definitely try these, maybe even this weekend, I love the super thin crunchy sugar cookies they have around Christmas, and I've been on the hunt for a good recipe. Thanks for letting us in the fam tradition.

Jessica said...

These look yummy. We've got a ton of heart cookie cutter and I've been wanting to use them this week. Now I've got a recipe! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Hannah said...

When I read yesterday's pose I was hoping you'd post the cookie recipe. I have been searching for a great sugar cookie recipe for years and have been disappointed with every one I've tried. I'm excited to try yours out next week when some friends bring their kids over to decorate cookies. Thanks so much for sharing Cheri!

Alicen said...

These look yum! I too love how you said "let's agree not to discuss this further, okay?" my MIL can't believe I eat cookie dough/lick the brownie bowl. She gets all weird about my kids doing it. I'm going to say that next time..."let's agree not to discuss this further, okay?" as I take a big lick of batter. lol

BeccaMarie said...

Oh! Thank you for sharing. Truthfully I am not a huge sugar cookie fan. But I think that is because they never seem to be well made to me. These look delicious.

Gemma Meredith said...

Oooh these looks so yummy :) Your kids are so cute xx

Chase and Sadie said...

Cant wait to try these!!!! I am a sucker for sugar cookies!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!! :))

eLBie said...

I read the title of today's post and had to keep reading! I have been looking for a sugar cookie recipe so me and the kiddos can bake up some sugar cookies for Valentine's day. I think these are it! Thanks for sharing!

And I may have to use your weight loss suggestion =)

LisaRae said...

Ha, the part about the egg didn't even phase me, I was too busy drooling. These look so good....

Siobhan said...

Ah, you sweet, generous soul you! Thanks for sharing. They look amazing with the pink sugared icing too.

The Rooster and The Hen said...

I lost 5 lbs of drool just reading this post. Guess that means I've earned one or two...or three... Adding this to the recipe box!

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said...

I'm pretty sure sugar cookies are NOT supposed to be healthy :). And that's how I like them! I'm always on the lookout for a good sugar cookie recipe so thanks for sharing! I hope you don't mind but I featured this on my Show Off Saturday this week!
http://www.mydecoupagedlife.com/2012/02/show-off-saturday-cookies.html

Meaghan said...

Oh yumm we just made them today. The recipe is so easy and the cookies were perfect. We are going to sandwich some together with icing after they cool. Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie Krohn said...

Thanks for the recipe! They are sooo good! I used them to make valentine's cards. I, too, cooked them a little more to make them crispy. . . they are perfect! Oh, and a single batch of the icing was plenty! I am also blogging about them today.

Danielle said...

Thanks for posting this! I just got asked to make sugar cookies and frankly I don't think I've ever made them but boy do I like to eat them. So I'm looking forward to trying your recipe!

brandon + aarika said...

I am a sugar cookie fanatic and I'm always looking for a great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am making these tonight :)

jennifer said...

On my second run w these! So so so amazing!

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Our Life in Austin said...

Does the icing dry hard? I am just wondering because I am making a ton and want to see if I can stack them? Made the cookies last night and they are definitely delicious!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Once it's really dry it's a little harder, but I still layer them with wax paper just in case.

Cheri

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