Cookies are my favorite dessert. Cake is a close second, but a good cookie and a cup of coffee can save any day. So, I’m always on the look out for standout cookie recipes. When I tell you I’ve found the best sugar cookie recipe you’ll ever taste, please believe me.
I think between my brother-in-law (yes, I’m talking about you Michael) and I, we ate an entire batch in one weekend, and the recipe makes over two dozen. So, I really think they are worth trying out.
I know for some people when you say sugar cookie, they immediately think of a crunchy, hard, and bitterly sweet cookie. I can promise you, these are not those cookies. This recipe produces incredibly soft, melt in your mouth type treats. The cookie itself is not actually that sweet, but the icing that goes on top really adds the perfect amount of sugar.
This recipe originally belonged to my mother-in-law, who has been making these cookies as long as time itself. They are a staple at every family gathering, and they work particularly well for the holidays. Our kids love decorating them, and they are easy to customize using icing color, cutter shapes, and sprinkles to whatever occasion you need.
BEST-OF-THE-BEST SUGAR COOKIES
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons baking power
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 and 1/2 cups flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and gather all the ingredients. I like to get everything together ahead of time, so that I’m not scrambling around in the middle of the process with messy hands trying to find something. Also, I find it super helpful to set out the butter on the counter a few hours ahead of time to soften. This makes mixing it so much easier. You can do this in the microwave, but the butter never seems to soften evenly. This is also a good time to spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray, so you don’t forget later.
Cream together the sugar and butter. For this recipe, using a stand mixer is ideal. The dough ends up very thick due to the amount of flour, and mixing by hand would be time consuming and labor intensive.
Add eggs one at a time to the sugar mixture. Beat until smooth before adding the next egg.
Mix in the baking powder, vanilla, and flour. I like adding a half cup of flour at a time. This prevents the flour from getting everywhere, and helps it blend in thoroughly. Once all the flour is added, I like to knead it by hand on the counter to ensure everything in really mixed together. If the flour doesn’t blend in evenly, the cookies can crack or flake later.
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut shapes using cookie cutters.
Place the cookies on a pre-greased baking sheet.
Bake cookies in the oven for approximately seven or eight minutes. The trick with these cookies is to not overcook, but also not undercook. Do not let the cookies brown, but make sure they are stiff enough that they are cooked thoroughly. The trickiest part of the entire recipe is getting the cook time down with your oven. Once you’ve mastered timing, you will have a lifelong recipe for sugar cookies.
Top with sugar cookie icing once cool. These cookies are not complete until you add the icing. It is the finishing touch.
Enjoy! These cookies are the perfect sweet touch for dessert, and they also taste delicious in the morning with a cup of coffee.