Perfect Sugar Cookies

by Rachel on December 20, 2009

I am sure you are done with much of your holiday baking, but if you feel like spending your Sunday baking cookies…I have a recipe for you!

The other night, I came home to find our kitchen in total disarray, Betty working overtime, and my mom wearing my “All Lit Up” apron, covered in flour.

Actually, every available surface in the kitchen was covered in flour. And sugar cookies. Literally, there was no where to eat because there were cookies and flour everywhere.


Now, sugar cookies are one of those things that seem simple, but are really, really hard to get right. When I was at Jacki’s a few weeks ago, her mom had made three batches, and none were turning out well enough to actually give to people outside the immediate family. It’s weird that such a common dough could be so difficult!

So my mom told me I should share her sugar cookie recipe, which is actually our neighbor’s recipe. Now…these neighbors…well a bit of a feud happened back in the mid 90s and we don’t talk to them anymore…but the wife is a pretty excellent cookie maker, and this recipe is the bomb. The cookies that covered every flat surface in our kitchen were perfect: chewy, even, bakery-worthy. And bigger than pancakes! So, yes, I have to share. If you’ve had a few cookie fails this year…trust me when I say, I’ve been there. It’s not too late to turn it around!

Perfect Sugar Cookies

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup of butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

Sift together the first four ingredients and set them aside. Cream together the butter and sugar. Blend in the egg, milk, and vanilla, and then blend in the dry ingredients.

Now here’s the most important thing. You have this perfect dough, and you have to trust me when I say YOU NEED FLOUR. Flour, four, everywhere. Flour yourself, your rolling pin, your table, your dog…it should look like you’ve been partying with Jeremy Piven. A blizzard! Otherwise your dough will just get sticky and won’t roll out evenly.

And that’s it! Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes on a sprayed sheet. Sugar cookie perfection!

PS…Speaking of holiday baking, check out this post over at Two Lives, One Lifestyle, because Katie got awesomely buckwild with my beer bread recipe! Testing out the flavors in muffin pans? Chocolate stout and dark chocolate chips?! BRILLIANT. Everything looks gorgeous and festive and delicious! Love!!

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1 Shane December 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I laughed so hard when I read the Jeremy Piven line. You are HYSTERICAL!

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2 amanda December 20, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Yummm sugar cookies! Do you frost them all up too?
.-= amanda´s last blog ..Art of being creative =-.

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3 Rachel December 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Yes! I didn’t post a frosting recipe because I feel like so many people have a go-to one already…do you need a recipe?

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4 Katie December 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

thanks for the shout out girl! It was such a hit, I’ll be making some more this week (I literally have 17 aunt/uncle pairs).
.-= Katie´s last blog ..A day of Christmas gift baking =-.

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5 Andrea December 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

A note from Mom….Be sure not to roll the dough too thin or the cookies will get too crispy and burn around the edges. I try to leave the dough about 1/4″ thick. Also, try to roll it out in big sections. The more you put the extra dough back and re-roll it, the tougher the cookies get.

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