Kindergartners can be SOO persuasive sometimes! My son insisted on us making cookies tonight since we were out of WASC! What ever was he going to take in his lunch tomorrow?! So, easy peeeezy sugar cookies it was! I love this recipe because we can bang out a batch of cookies in no time at all…even with all the little hands helping. PLUS!!! This recipe is extremely versatile! Spoon the dough onto the pan, roll them in balls, add extra flour and roll the dough out for cutout cookies, add cinnamon and sugar on top to make my version of a snicker doodle, add candies, or use different extracts such as almond! The possibilities are ENDLESS! Check out how Spoon Lickin’ Good they are:
*Here’s the recipe for my sugar cookies:
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
*TIP: It is important to cream your butter and sugar thoroughly to allow air into the mixture. This will help your cookies rise. I typically mix the cream for at least 5 minutes.
**TIP: It is also easier to roll the dough if the dough has been chilled.
Check out what we’ve done with these plain old sugar cookies:
*Here’s my recipe for the prettiest icing for sugar cookies:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon extract (almond or vanilla)
- In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
- Divide into separate bowls, and add food coloring.
- To ice cookies: Dip cookies in icing, use a spatula, paint with a brush, use a knife, or just use a finger!
Here’s something fun: This icing will harden and turn shiny! But, if you want the cookie to be more fun: After icing, immediately dip into a bowl of sprinkles. Lots for the kids to do with this recipe. Happy baking!