Sugar Cookies are so easy to make and they are a blank canvas to make unique Christmas Cookies. Easy and Versatility in a recipe – That’s all we really want for Christmas!
I’ve been making this recipe for many years. Way back when my girls were teens, I bought a holiday potholder that had a snowflake cookie cutter attached and on the potholder was a ‘Snowflake Cookie Recipe’. That year I made the recipe which everyone loved and it has been a recipe we now make all year long.
When the kids keep asking for ‘those cookies with the sprinkles’ then you know a recipe is good. I couldn’t find my snowflake cookie cutter so I just used a plain round biscuit cutter. I think I left my snowflake at my daughter’s when I was making cookies with the boys.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tsp. milk
- 2 tsp. light corn syrup
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract (or your preferred flavor)
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, approximately 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
- Gradually add in flour to the sugar mixture until smooth.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for approximately 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ¼-inch and use your favorite cookie cutters.
- Place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Add sugar sprinkles to the cookies and bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned. Let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet and then continue to cool on wire rack.
- If you don’t want to use sprinkles you can bake them plain and then decorate them using sugar icing.
- In small bowl blend the sugar and milk until smooth.
- Beat in the corn syrup and extract until smooth and glossy. If it is too thick add only a drop of milk or extract and stir, adding a drop at a time if still too thick.
- If you want to add color, divide the icing into separate dishes and add your choice of food coloring.
- Dip cookies into icing or spread the icing using a butter spreading knife.
- Set the cookies aside to let the icing dry and harden. It dries in about 15 minutes. Let it sit several hours to harden.
The sugar cookie is the perfect, go-to, easy cookie recipe for any occasion.