MeMe’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

Flower Garden Sugar Cookies
Flower Garden Sugar Cookies

While MeMe’s Cakes is all about baking and decorating cakes, I have developed somewhat of a sugar cookie obsession.

Red Wagon Sugar Cookies
Red Wagon Sugar Cookies

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I am nowhere near the perfect cookie decorator and as I work on a design I must confess that as I get near the last cookie to be iced, the last looks so much better than the first. I guess it’s true what they say, “Practice makes perfect.”

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We all want that perfect sugar cookie recipe that tastes delicious, keeps its shape and doesn’t require being chilled. You know….the one that comes out perfect every time.  It took me a lot of trial and error and I do mean a lot before I found a recipe that worked for me. This recipe that I’m about to share with you is my all time favorite. Actually, it is the only one I use and after you try it I’m confident it will be your go-to recipe too.

Another thing I love about sugar cookies is the versatility of design. You can find a cookie cutter for any occasion. The number of cookie cutters on the market is amazing.

cookie cutters
Cookie Cutters

Cookie cutters are reasonably priced and you can find a cookie cutter for every holiday or event imaginable. I love the quality and variety of Ann Clark cookie cutters. I highly recommend these.

My sugar cookie obsession has led to a near hoarding level of cookie cutter collecting. Every time I get new ones in the mail or pick one up that I come across because ‘I just have to have it’, my husband says, “seriously?”

Ok, so back to the sugar cookie recipe……(sorry, I’m easily distracted)

MeMe’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until smooth, at least 3 minutes.
  3. Beat in egg and extract.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together flour and baking powder. Add a little at a time to butter-sugar mixture. The dough will be very stiff.  If it becomes too stiff turn out onto a countertop or pastry mat and finish kneading the dough by hand.
  5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. This dough works better when rolled closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8 inch.
  6. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to cooling rack.

Notes:

  • If you like cookies with a hint of almond flavor, you can substitute one teaspoon of vanilla for 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.
  • If you prefer a crisper cookie extend the baking time to 7-8 minutes.
  • The number of cookies this recipe yields will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

I can’t wait to see your cookies, seriously y’all I want to see those gorgeous cookies! Please share your cookies in the comments.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I (and my grandkids) do!IMG_20170516_111845_398.jpg

Cake On! (In this case…..Cookie On!)

MeMe♥

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