Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies! Every day from December 1 through December 12 I will post a new cookie recipe! I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do ! These are 12 of our family favorites! I would love to help incorporate your cookie recipes in our 12 days as well! Send me a link and I will get it on the page!
On the first day of cookies my sweet love gave to me Sugar Cookies! Today we are starting with a classic sugar cookie! These are so versatile! You can always make regular sugar cookies by the spoonful or even make fun cut outs to ice! This recipe from Real Simple calls for the sugar cookie dough to be placed in the fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Great recipe for making ahead of time.
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) of unsalted butter brought to room temp. ( Unsalted helps to control salt)
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 3/4 a cup of flour, I use all purpose. I would recommend sifting as well.
Decorating sugar and icing- Posted at the end of post
Step 1- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (When you grease the cookie sheet it can make the edges of the cookies a little crispy and brown). Beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium high ( if using a mixer) until light pale yellow and fluffy. This can take 2 to 3 minutes. Beat the egg in, then add the vanilla and salt.
Step 2- Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour or you will have a total mess to clean! Do not over mix so that the cookie will not be tough. Shake the dough into a 1 inch disk, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Step 3- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Flour a surface and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. ( this is for cut out cookies) Make the different cut outs you prefer. Continue until you have filled up the baking sheet. If need be, place the dough back in the fridge while the first batch bakes.
Step 4- Bake and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. You will want to watch the cookies until the edges turn a light brown. This is the time to pull them out asap! Sugar cookie baking is an art. My mom can not make sugar cookies to save her life… I can make them better than Mrs. Fields! ( Sorry ma’am!)
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack. Please let the cookies cool completely before you ice them.
Here is my favorite cookie icing from Wilton
Thank you to Real Simple for this amazing sugar cookie recipe! You can find their recipe here
Be sure to check back tomorrow to check the new recipe!
Until next time….