Homemade Sugar Cookies

December has been one busy month! The month was filled with work, school, class parties, Christmas shopping, snow days and another tree falling on our house. Yes… another. This would be the second tree that fell onto the roof of our home in the past 5 years. You’d think with this kind of luck we would hit the lottery! Yeah… no…. not so much.


Luckily the only trees left to fall are the ones in the woods behind our home. Phew. I can’t say I’m not sad to see the month AND the tree go!

So I apologize for only 5 posts this month but I have a lot still yet to post… but I’m saving those for next year. I plan to enjoy the remaining days of 2010 with baking, drinking and being merry!

So.

With that said.

Raise your hand if you make sugar cookies for Christmas? Raise your hand if you get 4-5 batches out of your sugar cookies? I have to admit I’m the one who refrigerates the scraps of dough a second time… rolls them out, to make more cookies.

Maybe that’s what most people do. Maybe I’m not the only weirdo?!

I do love my sugar cookies!


I also love my cookie cutters! Just look at them… the colors… the shapes… the options… OH MY!

One thing is for sure… sugar cookies aren’t just for Christmas. With the right cookie cutters you can make them for any special occasion. It just so happens to be Christmas time and me and my girls are spending the day making and decorating sugar cookies! It is a tradition that we always look forward to doing!

So if a simple cookie recipe is what you’re looking for then this is it! Learn how to make the most perfect sugar cookies… whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or for a baby shower this recipe is sure to make a lot of yummy sugar cookies.


It isn’t a ton of ingredients which is why I like this recipe. Simple.


Throw the stick and a half of butter in the bowl of you mixer.


Measure out your sugar… and throw that in too. Turn the mixer on medium for about three minutes… five or six if you’re using a hand mixer.


Meanwhile measure out your flour and add it into a medium sized bowl.


..then add the salt to the flour.


Whisk gently until combined. Now don’t go crazy flinging flour everywhere.


When the butter and sugar mixture is light and fluffy, stop the mixer.


Add the teaspoon of pure vanilla extract…


… and add in the one egg along with the vanilla.


Mix until just combined.


Add a little bit of the flour/salt mixture at a time while the mixer is on low. Add more after thoroughly mixed in.


Scrape the sides down in between.


Stop when the dough is crumbly and forms a ball in your mixer.


Separate in to two halves.


Form in to disks and wrap with plastic wrap.


Let it chillax in the fridge for an hour before you start to roll it out. I would preheat your oven 10 minutes before rolling out your dough. You don’t want to wait around for your oven to preheat.


Sprinkle some flour on a large work surface.


Unwrap your chilled dough and plop it onto the floured surface.


Roll it out… I don’t measure my dough thickness… do you?? in my guesstimation… it looks like a quarter of an inch.


I let my girls punch out the shapes, which is really hard for me since I’m a Virgo and like to do it all myself. I struggled… but survived.


Not only in this photo did I realize my youngest still has small cute chubby hands… but that she’s also giving CPR to the cookie cutter!


But when I saw this photo of my oldest… I paused. Not only was she wearing her Great Gramma Jean’s ring…  It was actually the first time I noticed that *gasp*… her hands look exactly like mine. I’m not going to lie to ya… I got a little teary… but mainly over that chipped nail polish. Jeesh!


…we cram them all in!


…lay ‘em out…


…and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes! Watch them carefully… the thin ones will brown early… but we just gave those ones to the dog!


We will frost and decorate these with sprinkles and colored sugar… and leave a few out for Santa! I will sneak a couple to sit in bed while watching food network and leave a few crumbs for my husband to roll over on!


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Homemade Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

3/4 teaspoon Salt

1 1/2 sticks of Unsalted Butter, softened

3/4 cup Sugar

1 whole large Egg
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Start of by whisking together flour and salt in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a stand mixer or 6 minutes with a handheld. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

Form dough into 2 balls and flatten each into a 6-inch disk. Chill disks, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees about ten minutes prior to rolling out the dough.

Roll out 1 disk of dough (keep remaining dough chilled) into an 8 1/2-inch round (1/4 inch thick ish) on a well-floured surface with a well-floured rolling pin. (If dough becomes too soft to roll out, rewrap in plastic and chill until firm.) Cut out as many cookies as possible from dough with cookie cutters and transfer to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging cookies about 1 inch apart.

Repeat with remaining dough if desired.

Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Chill the cookies that are waiting to be baked!

MAKE AHEAD: Dough can be chilled up to 3 days. Cookies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment, in an airtight container at room temperature 1 week.

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14 Responses to “Homemade Sugar Cookies”

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    Isie — December 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I love sugar biscuits! But I love your biscuit cutters more! We have tiny Christmas ones, they are not as cool as your. We used to make these on Christmas Eve, use a straw to punch a little hole in the top and then hang them on the Christmas tree for Santa (and ourselves) Yummy.

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    eatgreek.net — December 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I love Christmas shaped cookies!!!! :D

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    Jennifurla — December 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Is that a new header? It is so pretty! Lovely step by steps here…as always!

    Merry Christmas.

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    Amanda — December 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    love sugar cookies! these especially look delish. so sorry about your house!! hope you're able to get that fixed soon and that your Christmas is WONDERFUL!:)

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — December 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Jennifurla~ it is my december/holiday header! Thanks!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — December 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Amanda~ I did have a great Christmas!! I hope yours was wonderful too!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — December 27, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Isie what a great idea to hang them as ornaments!! Very clever!

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    Maria — December 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Gorgeous photos and cookies!

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    BakingWithoutaBox — December 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I love sugar cookies. And I totally have those cookie cutters. But mine didn't come out as pretty as yours. So I'm stealing your recipe. Sorry about the tumbling trees.

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    Anonymous — October 1, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Your recipes sound great but your photos are great also! You have a real talent there too!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 2, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Why thank you! :)

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    Sarah — December 24, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Best sugar cookies ever!! I have tried so many recipes and have finally found a winner! Thank you!

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    danielle — February 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    will be making these with my little ladies for v-day. but your CPR comment cracked me up! (as an ICU nurse, i like to think we'd be friends if we worked together. but i'm in philly. and not currently working. so for now, i'll just keep making your delicious recipes!)

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    Jaydeen — February 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    These look so perfect. I wonder if it would make an insane difference to use shortening or margarine?

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