One of my favorite holiday memories is making sugar cookies with my mom and sister during the holidays. We’d make the batter, roll them out, bake them and then the best part, decorate them! They’ve become an inseparable part of the holidays for me and even though I may be far away from my family, I can still recreate those memories by making cookies myself. It may not be exactly the same as it once was, but eating these cookies is a taste of home. I’m sharing my mom’s sugar cookie recipe. There are lots of sugar cookie recipes out there, but in my book this is the only sugar cookie recipe that matters! So get ready to enjoy some yummy sugar cookies that you can make for any occasion!
How to Make Sugar Cookies
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Making the cookies is pretty easy, but the dough will have to rest for a couple hours at least so do make sure you have time before you start! The dough can be left in the fridge overnight, so it’s perfect to make a head of time. This sugar cookie recipe is perfect to make with the whole family, so get the kids involved too! They will have a blast decorating and create wonderful memories. Now, let’s get started!
The first thing to do is to cream the butter, sugar, and egg together in a large bowl. It helps if your butter is soft. I use a regular old wooden spoon, but you can certainly use a mixer if you want. Set aside and combine the dry ingredients.
In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and mix well. Next, add your butter mixture and the liquids.
Mix to combine the ingredients until you have a sturdy dough and most dry crumbs are gone.
Form your dough into a ball and cover tightly. Set it in the fridge for at least an hour or two, or even overnight. Using BeesWrap is an easy and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap, and it keeps your dough nice and protected.
Once your dough has rested, get out your flour, rolling pin, cookie cutters, and set the oven to 375F! On a well floured surface roll out your dough until it is about a quarter inch thick.
Cut out cookies and put them on ungreased cookie sheets. As they cook the cookies will expand slightly so leave them room to grow a little in the oven.
Cook them for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Place on a rack to cool. Let cookies cool, then ice them with your favorite icing or frosting and whatever additional decorations, like sprinkles, you want! I don’t have any of that, so I just made a simple icing.
Store in a tight lidded container & enjoy!
Classic & Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe
Simple & classic sugar cookies are perfect for any holiday! Add your favorite icing, frosting, and/or decorations to make them truly special.
- 2 1/4 cup of flour (I use King Arthur Flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1. Cream together sugar, butter and egg.
- 2. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
- 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and add milk and vanilla extract.
- 4. Mix just until dough sticks together.
- 5. Form dough into a ball and cover tightly. (I recommend using Beeswrap). Chill for an hour or overnight.
- 6. Flour a surface and roll dough until it's 1/4 an inch thick. Cut out using your favorite cookie cutters. Combine leftover scraps of dough, and roll again. Cut out more cookies. Reapeat until dough is gone.
- 7. Bake at 375F for 8-10 min or until the edges are golden brown.
- 8. Cool completely on a wire rack before icing or decorating.
Make any holiday a little sweeter with this easy & classic sugar cookie recipe. Bake them together or on your own to embrace memories of the past or create new ones. Sugar cookies are for any season or occasion! For me the holidays aren’t complete unless I make this sugar cookie recipe. I will cherish the memories of making them as a child forever.