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I have stated before that I am not a baker.
There’s just way too much science involved. I don’t understand how it all works.
I’m usually on my knees begging the oven to please transform the ingredients I have mixed together into something delicious.
Lucky for me, I do have plenty of fabulous bakers around me. My mother-in-law, my grandmother, my sisters-in-law, my aunt (who’s a food scientist) all make the best desserts!
Although she denies calling herself a baker, my own mother also makes incredible baked goods.
After making 350(!) beautiful and tasty sugar cookies for our wedding favors, I demanded she share the recipe.
This is seriously the best sugar cookie recipe ever.
I was absolutely shocked with how easy the recipe was to follow and how perfect the cookies came out.
The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
Start the best sugar cookie recipe ever by creaming the butter and sugar. My mom and I use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
Next, add 1 extra large egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. An extra large egg adds just a little more moisture than your regular, ol’ large egg. It’s also important to make sure the egg is room temperature. If you forget to take your eggs out early, you could always run some warm water over them (or stuff them in your shirt for a few minutes like I decided to do one time).
Next, add flour, 1 cup at a time, and baking soda, a 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to the batter. Add your salt in the 2nd round of flour and baking soda.
Here’s your finished dough. Take it out, divide it in half, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
After chilled, roll your dough out on a floured surface. These handy quarter inch pastry guides are the perfect tool to ensure an even thickness.
Use cookie cutters to cut out your desired shapes. Place cookies on parchment paper and pop into a 375 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just slightly golden.
Try not to sample any before you place them on a wire rack to cool.
Now, they are very tasty plain. I know because I have had way too many plain ones because I was too impatient to wait for the icing.
If you would like the Best Sugar Cookie ICING Recipe Ever, then stay tuned for the second part of this series coming up in a few days.
- 1 C butter, room temperature
- 1 C sugar
- 3 C all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 extra large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Add egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix well.
- Add flour, one cup at a time, and baking powder, 1 tsp at a time. Add salt. Continue to mix until dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
- Divide dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Take dough out and roll out onto a floured surface using quarter inch pastry guides.
- Cut shapes out with cookie cutters and place onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just slightly golden.
- Place on wire racks to cool.
*Adapted from Kitchen Gift's Recipe
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Mmm! I have a sugar cookie recipe with sour cream in it, so the cookies stay soft. They are SO GOOD. I like your recipe though because I could easily modify it for my dairy-allergic son. Thanks for the tip!
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Those are absolutely beautiful cookies. I am glad everything all came together so perfectly!
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They look so delicious! Great job!
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These look amazing! YUM! I need to start baking our cookies soon and will have to use this recipe! Thanks!
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I love any recipe with the word best in the title! Those look amazing.
Awesome. Always looking for a no-fail recipe! Thanks!
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Those look beautiful!
Lauren recently posted…My daughter is obsessed with me
Oh these look beautiful I will have to try them out.
Julia recently posted…Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
mmm, my mouth is watering!! Yum!
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Love the sugar cookie recipe! I have been doing holiday baking on my blog and I will definitely try yours, they look great!
Nothing beats a good sugar cookie! These really do look perfect!
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They are gorgeous snowflakes! I’m trying them too!
Those look AMAZING. I’ve been searching for the perfect sugar cookie!
I made my sugar cookie recipe this past weekend with one of my five sons. We made about 36 cookies and they were polished off by the next morning. Poof! It was our official kick off into the cookie season. Your recipe looked really delicious too. Mine doesn’t call for almond extract, so I am excited to try yours and see which we like better!
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Yum! Those look so good. I think I’m going to try them modified for my gluten free family. Thanks!
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I’ve been procrastinating with making sugar cookies this year. They are just so much work and like you, I never know if they are going to turn out the right way. Maybe this recipe will help and I’ll finally get my booty in gear!!
These look so delicious! Sugar cookies are my fave!
Oh man. I am definitely going to have to experiment in the kitchen tomorrow and see if I can come up with a grain free sugar cookie recipe. Thanks for reminding me how delicious sugar cookies look. 🙂
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The almond extract sounds like the perfect subtle flavor! Thanks for sharing with us on the Online Christmas Cookie Exchange!
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OK, I’m now seriously hungry. Those sound amazing! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!
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What? Are you kidding me? You don’t bake? But those cookies look absolutely yummy! I started a tradition last year of making sugar cookies with the kids on Christmas Eve, but the recipe I used was just ok. I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!
Love sugar cookies, they are my favourite to make!
These look delicious and beautiful!
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I just made sugar cookies yesterday. Now I need to try these ones. They are so beautifully decorated too!
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I love sugar cookies and these look delicious!
YUM! These look delicious! I will definitely pass on this recipe to my sister- her favorite cookies are sugar cookies! Thanks for sharing!
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Where can I find those pastry guides? And any tips for getting cut cookies onto the cookie sheet? I stink at cookie cutters!!!
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You can find the pastry guides on amazon. Here’s my affiliate link… pastry guides. I think it helps to have somewhat chilled dough. If it’s too warm than it’ll be really tough to move on the sheet. I always make sure to put some flour down and I dip the spatula into the flour if I need help. Hope that helps!
These look amazing. I am not a baker either. I like cooking but baking, not so much. Wow, I can’t believe your mom made 350 cookies for your wedding. That is awesome.
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Thanks, Melissa! I’m glad I’m not alone. Yes, my mom is amazing! We tried to help, but we just didn’t do as good of a job haha.
Gosh yours look amazing, mine always look a little uneven. Thanks for sharing with Tasty Tuesdays!
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