I think Monica Gellar said it best when she said her #momgoal in life was to be known as the best chocolate-chip-cookie maker in the world (Nestle Tollhouse ring a bell?!). Nothing quite says domestic goddess like walking into the party with a beautifully decorated sugar cookie platter to share with your friends. (It worked out so nicely that I was attending a game night just a few hours after shooting this post, so I was able to come bearing really pretty gifts!)
So whether you are a single lady hosting a Galentine’s get together, a busy mom who needs an impressive treat to bring to the class party, or just a wannabe Martha Stewart looking for something festive to get you in the holiday spirit, I’ve got you covered. This is the best sugar cookie recipe I’ve found. Trust me, you’re welcome.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar, or granulated sugar, processed in a blender for 30 seconds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract, optional
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Cream butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed. Add yolk and beat well. Add whole egg, vanilla, and optional almond extract and beat until well-incorporated. Add flour; beat at low speed just until flour is mixed in. Don’t over-mix! Divide dough in halves or thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour and up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dust work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment or silicone-lined pans. Bake in preheated oven until cookies appear dry on the surface and are light golden brown on the edges, about 10 minutes (very large cookies may take up to 12-13 minutes). Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks and let cool completely before decorating.
This part of the process is trial and error. Keep adding and mixing powdered sugar and milk until you get the desired consistency. For thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. For thinner icing, add more milk. You can use food coloring and clear sprinkles depending on the desired look.
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