Sugar Cookie Recipe

Thursday, February 7, 2013
These are just easy classic sugar cookies crunchy on the outside chewy on the inside and perfect for making your favorite Christmas candy canes or other holiday shapes.

Match the sprinkles on top of the cookies before baking like the famous finds in Mrs. Fields cookies or frost them to your heart's desire.

Round and plain, crunchy and chewy, these can be baked to your taste just by on how long you bake your cookies, the longer you bake the crispier cookies.

Perfect for any shape you would like to use as a cookie cutter and easy to work with dough just scroll down to our recipe card for this classic sugar cookie recipe.

sugar cookies on a santa dish






cutout christmas tree sugar cookie dough


Easy and so Versatile



This tender cookie is so easy to make and seems to be a plain cookie everyone always asks for especially on the Christmas cookie tray.



With a wonderful butter flavor and the ability to change extracts to any flavor, frost or unfrosted, the skies are the limit of possibilities.



You can use various cookie cutter shapes to cut this dough to the party theme and it will surely compliment any occasion.



We make this classic sugar cookie all year round however it's a must make at Christmas for the kids with Santa, reindeer, and Christmas trees.


sugar cookie cutouts


Ingredients You Will Need

  1. butter
  2. flour
  3. egg
  4. sugar
  5. vanilla
  6. shortening
  7. milk
  8. baking powder
  9. salt


dough for cookie dough


Dough Suggestions and Toppings

  1. fold in 1/2 chocolate chips
  2. sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar
  3. add food coloring to the dough for a color-matched holiday theme divide half of it red and leave plain for candy canes, then twist the rolled dough together and bend the top into shape
  4. dip them in white chocolate
  5. frost with buttercream icing
  6. use crushed candy canes on top for a garnish
  7. cut out two small shot glass rounds and one large glass round to make Disney Micky Mouse Cookies


making sugar cookies


Tips for Making the Perfect Sugar Cookies

  1. for really chewy cookies roll in a ball and do not flatten bake until golden
  2. for crispy cooking bake longer until edges are nicely browned and tops start to brown
  3. for softer cookies take them out while still golden in color
  4. to reduce spreading while baking place the cookie tray in the freeze for 20 minutes


sugar cookie dough boy cut out


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The Classic Sugar Cookie



If you were looking for the classic-tasting cookie you find in a bakery, this is it.



Thin and crispy, or high and chewy it all depends on the thickness and how long you bake them.



Roll into balls roll in sugar and flatten for thin, leave them in a ball for thick and chewy, it's that simple.



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Yield: 25
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies crisp on the outside with a chewy center. Just about any shape, you make for any holiday this is the perfect dough for cutouts!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Use an electric mixer cream together the sugar shortening and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add, egg, milk, vanilla, and blend together evenly.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder blend together evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours covered.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Cut cookies to desired shapes.
  7. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  8. Tip: for perfectly shaped form, freeze cookie sheet with cookies for 20 minutes before baking this will hold their shape perfectly.
  9. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until just begins to brown.
  10. Cool, remove from cookie sheet, and enjoy!
  11. Butter Cream Frosting Recipe Below
  12. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  13. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 2 cups powdered sugar
  15. 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  16. drops food coloring optional
  17. garnish with sprinkled candies or other toppings of choice

Notes:

Tips for Making the Perfect Sugar Cookies

  1. for really chewy cookies roll in a ball and do not flatten bake until golden
  2. for crispy cooking flatten with a sugared glass to 1/4 inch and bake  until edges are nicely browned
  3. for softer cookies take them out while still golden in color
  4. to reduce spreading while baking place the cookie tray in the freeze for 20 minutes

Dough Suggestions and Toppings

  1. fold in 1/2 chocolate chips
  2. sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar
  3. add food coloring to the dough for a color-matched holiday theme divide half of it red and leave plain for candy canes, then twist the rolled dough together and bend the top into shape
  4. dip them in white chocolate
  5. frost with buttercream icing
  6. use crushed candy canes on top for a candy mint flavored garnish
  7. cut out two small shot glass rounds and one large glass round to make Disney Micky Mouse Cookies




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3 comments

  1. bellissimi e buonissimi! Mi piacciono. Bacioni Claudia.

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  2. Love the ricotta in them and that they are not too sweet. Just the loveliest valentines.

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  3. Fond memories of these cookies Claudia. Haven't had them homemade since I was a teen!

    Happy Valentines Day my friend

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