Sugar cookies are the perfect snack for any occasion, a holiday cookie that is loved by children and adults alike.
They are easy to make, and they can be made in a variety of colors and flavors. You can create your own favorite flavor with just a few simple ingredients.
The best part about making these cookies is that they don’t require any fancy equipment or ingredients. All you need is flour, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda and milk!
I made a few sugar cookies this past weekend for the holidays. Well, not really for the holidays since they didn’t even last for a few days. They all got eaten late at night while watching Lost.
I remember always making sugar cookies around Christmas as a kid. Having every shape cutter I could think of, a huge bag full that only got used once a year. So when I decided to make some sugar cookies, I went searching through all of our kitchen tools, every drawer, box, and bin, only to realize now, as an adult, I didn’t own a single one.
So I went to the kitchen store after work one day and was looking through their very small collection of cutters. They all were either way too big or way too religious. So I can out with only two, a tiny star and a just slightly larger star.
After decorating a few of them and noticing the plain white got kinda boring after a while, Adam went out in the rain to find some edible flowers. All clipped from neighbor’s bushes when no one was looking.
Then some were left white, and some got adorned with tiny little flowers, which actually added a nice flavor to them. There was lavender, rosemary, and something else… The only requirements for when he asked what I wanted him to pick were ‘pretty little ones,’ and I didn’t ask beyond that.
- 1 cup (228g) butter, soft
- 2 oz (60g) cream cheese, soft
- 1 cup (200g) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups (375g) AP flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar together until very pale and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes. Sift over the AP, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined. Form into a flat disk and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour until firm. Roll out on either a counter dusted with powdered sugar or between two sheets of parchment 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 350F for 8 – 12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. Cool completely on rack.
- 1 egg white
- 1 1/2 cups (187g) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp water
Whisk egg whites until frothy, then add powdered sugar and water. If too thin, add more sugar. Re-whisk if the top begins to harden.