Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hello! When I started this blog I believe I stated I would supply a recipe here or there, but have yet to do so. I'll rectify that oversight now!

Like many a mom before and after me, I wanted our daughter to have the fun of cookie decorating - the kind that are rolled out and cut with cookie cutters. However, I didn't want the hassle of having to make dough that to be chilled ahead of time, doughs that were too soft even after being chilled and so on. But then I encountered the following recipe on the back of the set of Wilton cookie cutters I was buying. Here's the recipe:

1 cup (two sticks) softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff. Do not chill. 

Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle about 12" diameter and 1/8" thick. Dip cookie cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet until lightly browned. Baking time will vary from 4-12 minutes, depending on size of cookie. 

I've used this recipe many, many times now and it's always worked really well. Occasionally I've had to add a bit more flour, but as the dough isn't chilled, it's easy to tell right away when the proper consistency has been reached. 

1/2 of the dough yielded 30 cookies for me last night; that was fine as I needed two dozen to take for refreshments after our daughter's Orchestra concert tonight. I used my two leaf-shaped cookie cutters, buttercream frosting and various fall-themed cookie sprinkles. Here's how they turned out:

I know, the leaf shapes aren't the best - they're supposed to be an oak leaf and a maple leaf, I think. Still look nice, though, with their sprinkles!

A close-up of two oak leaf cookies.

Two dozen cookies ready to go to the concert. The plate was a dime at a church rummage sale - a nicer presentation than a paper plate but if accidentally left behind, I would be out only that dime. 

When we arrived at the school, the woman in charge told me, "You made an effort - not everyone did" and removed brownies on a paper plate from a prominent spot on the table and put my plate of cookies in their place. I got puffed up a little with pride at this, but after the concert was over, I noticed that there were still two cookies on my plate - and the brownies were gone. I guess chocolate wins every time!

Oh well, it's still a good recipe, and besides, I had fun using those colored sprinkles. (I've gotten them at Amish grocery stores in PA, IL and IN).


  1. Yay! Cookies! Remember what my cross-country team said about them? And in second grade when my class got to decorate them ourselves?

  2. Yes, no matter what the occasion, these always seem to go over well!