The best sugar cookies
In honor of it being my husband’s birthday month, (June 20th is his birthday) I am sharing his favorite cookie recipe with all of you!
These sugar cookies are hands down one of the best I have ever had. It is a recipe that was passed down to me from my mother in law when I married Mike. I think she knew I would need to have this close at hand and I will forever be grateful that she did!
I make these cookies every year at Christmas, (You can find my 2019 Christmas Cookie Roundup here), and usually a couple of other times throughout the year.
They are incredibly soft and just a little bit sweet and they will remain soft without having to add bread when storing.
This sugar cookie dough is on the sticky side. I have not experimented with chilling the dough before rolling or baking but it may be something that would help. If you’re like me and decide to forgo trying to chill, make sure to have extra flour at hand for your counter, rolling pin, hands and dough to make rolling and cutting easier.
- Stand Mixer
- Rolling Pin
- Various Cookie Cutters
- 1 Cup Salted or unsalted butter, softened I like to use salted butter for extra flavor but if you prefer unsalted, use what you prefer.
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 6 Cups Flour
- 2 tsp Baking soda
- 4 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Milk
- To a stand mix add the softened butter, sugar, and eggs.
- Cream until pale and fluffy.
- Add in the vanilla and mix to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with the milk. You should start and end with the dry ingregients.
- Working in batches, roll out the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick. This dough is very sticky so make sure to have extra flour at hand for your rolling pin, counter, and hands.
- Using whatever cookie cutters you prefer, cut out cookies.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8 minutes or until done. These will be pale on top and slightly browned on the bottom.
- Let cool completely before decorating with your favorite icing recipe.
There you have it! Our family’s favorite recipe for sugar cookies. We will eat these with or with our icing and Mike actually prefers them with little to none.
When I do decide to ice, I mix up a simple icing of powdered sugar with a little bit of vanilla. I add milk until I reach my desired frosting consistency and get to decorating. Whatever you prefer, just make sure to try these cookies out! You won’t regret it and you may just find a new favorite!