I love love love sugar cookies… they are really my absolute favorite. I like them really simple and buttery, and love the texture they get they day after they are baked.
They are super easy to make, your kids can make the dough with you but it is very important to refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour before using.
(Recipe adapted from Redbook!)
3 sticks softened unsalted butter.
1 cup white sugar (super fine works best)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons salt… taste you dough before you start rolling… you may want to add a bit more salt.
1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together, beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour cup by cup with blender on low, add salt.
2. Divide dough into small patties…. it is best to make them hamburger size so they are manageable for kids to roll out. Wrap in plastic or parchment and cool in fridge for at least 1 hour (you could also use the next day).
3. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
4. Use a bit of flour to help roll out the dough to be 1/8” thick… do not make too thin! Cut into your favorite shapes and transfer onto baking sheets covered in parchment. Bake about 10 minutes - until you can JUST see a very slight browning at edges. Transfer whole parchment paper to cooling rack.
5. Make icing. Decorate and have fun! Paint icing on with a brush (wash a water color brush from your kid’s art supplies) add any sprinkles immediately after so icing is still wet and acts like glue.
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tbs whole milk
Put powdered sugar in bowl and add the milk. Mix with electric mixer… add milk or sugar to get consistency you want… I like it pretty thick. Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate… it will thicken.
Divide up into small bowls and add food coloring to make a bunch of colors. if possible, use 1 brush per color so the colors stay clean and bright.