Here is a recipe for a tender sugar cookie that tastes so buttery and has such a wonderful texture, that you will make it your go-to cut-out cookie recipe. These are truly the best sugar cookies! They are soft and cakey, and when frosted with butter cream, make a confectionary treat that is like no other. Nothing says Christmas like cookies cut in the shape of stars, bells, and trees, lovingly decorated and shared with others. ‘Tis the season to get out those cookie cutters to begin a tradition or to continue one.
Beyond the taste, is the memory of making them together. It’s such a lovely holiday tradition. Bake them so your children can have memories of decorating them with you. Or bake them and have a cookie decorating party with friends. Give tins or plates of them as gifts or keep them for yourself.
A wonderful gift idea is to give the recipe along with some cookie cutters so your friends or your children can begin or continue the tradition.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 6 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 – 5 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
Directions for making Sugar Cookies:
In a large bowl, mix the softened butter and sugars together; add the eggs, water, and vanilla – mix well. Mix in the dry ingredients (don’t add all of the flour – 4 cups should be enough for a stiff dough – use the rest to keep the counter, rolling pin, and cookie cutters from sticking).
Refrigerate the dough overnight or for at least 3 hours. After refrigeration, roll out using the remaining flour, cut in desired shapes. (It helps to store the remaining dough in the refrigerator while rolling some of it out.)
Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes — these cookies should not brown (a tinge is fine, too much means they’re over-done). Cool on a cookie rack. Frost with butter cream frosting (below) and decorate.
Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Ingredients for Butter Cream Frosting:
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Milk (enough to make spreading consistency)
Directions for making Butter Cream Frosting:
Put all ingredients in a bowl and whip well with an electric mixer. Add a little milk (4 – 6 tablespoons, then more if needed). Add food coloring if desired for decorating your cookies.
Other delicious cookie recipes:
Gingerbread men – so cute, so delicious
Butter cookies sandwiched with icing – oh my goodness, these are yummy!
Paul Deen’s Christmas cookie recipe – you will love these and they are beautiful
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