Sugar cookies are favorite recipes for families. The sugar cookie recipe is simple, versatile, and easy to work on. You can recreate it with kids, introducing them to the world of baking in a fun way. Children can also experiment with the cookies, decorating them with various colors and treats as they prefer.
Sugar Cookie Recipe Tips
You can start with a basic recipe and shape the cookies with hands or cookie cutters. Use icing, cream, candies, coconuts, and other sweet treats to decorate your sugar cookies. You can also make a large amount of dough and keep it in the fridge. Cut it up as you need and bake it whenever you want.
Sugar cookie recipe can result in either chewy or crunchy texture. Standard baking time for simple cookies is 6 to 8 minutes. However, if you like crunchier texture, then you can try experimenting with slightly longer minutes. When the edges are browner, your cookies will taste crunchier.
This simple sugar cookie recipe requires a short time to make. You don’t need to chill the dough, and you can make the cookies with kids.
3 cups of flour (all-purpose)
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of unsalted butter
½ teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of almond extract
This sugar cookie recipe yields around 34 to 36 cookies, depending on the individual size.
Mixer and spatula
Countertop or another cool working area
Roller (use clean glass bottle if there is no roller)
Baking tray and paper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius).
- Mix butter and sugar in a bowl. Use a mixer to cream them until smooth (around 3 minutes).
- Add eggs, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Beat until mixed properly.
- Sift flour and pour it into a separate bowl. Add baking powder and salt. Stir the mixture with spatula or mixer. Add the wet mixture little by a little while still stirring the dry one.
- When the dough becomes too stiff for mixer or spatula, pour flour onto the countertop. Knead the dough with hands on this surface until solid.
- Cut the dough into several manageable batches. Roll each batch on the flour. Flat it with roller or bottle until the thinness reaches ¼ inch (0.7 cm).
- Use hand or cookie cutter to shape the cookies.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Pay attention to the appearance and color of the cookies.
This sugar cookie recipe allows you to chill the dough if necessary. Use more flour on the surface when working on the dough. Wrap it tightly before chilling it. This dough can last for three days. Wait until it reaches room temperature before working on it.
Sugar Cookie Decorating Ideas
Decorating sugar cookies is the favorite part of many kids (and adults!). Sugar cookie’s plain look is an ideal canvas to unleash creativity. Here are several simple ideas to start:
- Letter cookies
Shape the dough with letter cookie cutters. Cover them with icing of your kids’ favorite colors. You can also make a round/square cookies and cover it with white icing. Use darker icing to write the initial of everyone’s name.
- Bicolor cookies
Dip half of the cookie into melted chocolate. To get another color, mix food coloring into melted white chocolate.
- Flower sugar cookies
Use a flower-shaped cookie cutter to shape the dough. Paint all the surface with darker color, like blue, orange, red, or purple. Create an outline on the edge with brighter icing. Add small dots inside the lining.
- Easy Christmas tree
Use Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter to shape the dough. Sprinkle green sugar on the surface. Add edible red and white pearls.
Before decorating sugar cookies, make sure to prepare all the icing, food coloring, colored sugar, sprinkles, and other decoration ingredients. Prepare a special working space to work on the sugar cookie decorations with kids.
Tips to Store Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookie recipe results in cookies that last for 2 to 3 weeks. However, improper storage can change the texture, making it too hard or chewy. Here are several tips for storing the cookies, especially if you make a big batch:
- Keep cookies away from humidity
If you live in a humid or rainy area, turn on the dehumidifier. Do this even in the process of baking. It is necessary especially if you make cookies with icing.
- Invest in airtight jars
Avoid flimsy plastic or glass jars and invest in airtight containers. Put a piece of bread in the jar to keep humidity away. Replace the bread every two days to avoid a mold problem.
- Use cellophane bags and laminator
Cellophane bags and laminator are important tools to keep cookies fresh before delivery (if you make cookies for business or event). You can decorate the bags for extra flair.
This sugar cookie recipe promises endless fun for you and your kids. The simple recipe opens many possibilities in decorations. Try this recipe at home and enjoy a fun time together with kids.