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Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Servings: 3 dozen
Author: Jamie Lundstrom - So Much Better With Age

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup flour (for rolling out dough)

Icing/Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cup icing sugar / powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Cookie Dough

  • Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy (at least a few minutes).
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.
  • Cut dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours (easier to roll out dough half at a time).
  • Roll and cut out on floured surface.
  • Tip: Make sure counter and rolling pin are well floured, dough will be quite sticky. I use about a 1/2 cup flour total for rolling out dough.
  • Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Place on baking sheets and bake for 8-10 min at 350 deg F.
  • Take out when edges turn golden brown.

Icing/Frosting

  • Beat butter until smooth.
  • Gradually beat in icing sugar and milk.
  • Once cookies are cool, ice with warmed mixture. Decorate with sprinkles and candies while icing is still warm (you may need to reheat a few times).