‘Tis the season for sugar cookies!
Each year (for about 18 years now) we have a Christmas cookie decorating party. It’s just a way for people to get together in early December, before the holiday rush really starts, and enjoy decorating cookies and also doing holiday crafts.
I’m not going to lie, there have been plenty of years that I’ve bought those sugar cookies in a roll just to save time. I mean, it’s just sugar cookies, how could they be that different if they’re made from scratch, right? Well, I got the answer to that one year when my friend Angela brought sugar cookies made with her mom’s recipe. These are, by far, the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. And, they make perfect dough for cutout Christmas cookies, too.
Don’t forget to make extra so you can put them in a cute Christmas cookie jar and give it as a gift!
Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever
- 2 sticks butter softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 2¼ cups flour
- In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla and stir until well combined.
- In a small bowl, mix the flour and salt together. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture gradually and stir until all the flour is absorbed into a soft dough.
- Divide the dough into two balls and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours or even overnight.
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, remove one ball of dough from the refrigerator to warm slightly while you prepare a lightly floured work surface.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Using flour on the rolling pin as needed to prevent the dough from sticking, roll out the dough to an even thickness.
- Cut cookie dough into shapes with cookie cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet or a sheet lined with a non-stick baking mat.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges on the bottom are just starting to brown. They will not brown on the tops.
- Repeat until all remaining dough is baked.
- Cool on a wire rack and then have fun decorating with your favorite frosting and candy toppings.
fairly close together on the cookie sheet but don't overcrowd them or they will not brown on the bottom. The number of cookies that you get will depend on the size of the cookie cutters you are using.
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