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Our Family's Favorite Sugar Cookies


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What is Christmas without sweet and simple sugar cookies? This recipe has been a tried and true recipe in our home for decades now. I love how simple the ingredients come together and that while you can, you don’t have to chill the dough before rolling it out. In my home, kids don’t have the patience for chilling cookie dough! When it’s time to roll out the cookies don’t be shy about the flour on your counter. Sprinkle a little and use more until the dough doesn’t stick. It won’t affect the taste of the cookies and they’ll still come out delicious!


As for the frosting, it’s equally as good as the cookies itself! The butter in there really helps with the shine and of course the taste. Have fun with these. They aren’t perfect looking, but they taste pretty close!



Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 3 cups all purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and prepare your cookie sheets with a silpat liner.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a stand mixer cream together the butter and sugar and then add eggs one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and beat well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.

  4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.

  5. Divide the dough in half and roll it out onto a floured surface to 1/4" thickness. Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place the cookies about 2” apart on a silpat lined cookie sheet. If you don’t have silpat, you can lightly spray your cookie sheet.

  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 min, or until just golden.

  7. After about 2 minutes, remove the cookies and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

For the Frosting You’ll Need:

  • 2 cup confectioner's sugar

  • 2 T softened butter

  • 2-3 T milk

  • 1/2 t. vanilla

  • Dash of salt

  1. Mix all of the frosting ingredients together adding more milk if needed to get to a good spreadable consistency. Add the milk in 1 tablespoon increments until you get to what works best.

  2. Add coloring to portions you wish and frost the cooled cookies.


I have made these in advance and put them in my freezer. If you have time now make a bunch and bring them out as needed so you'll still have some come Christmas day!

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