When I was younger, I was all about chocolate chip cookies, brownies, anything chocolate. Sugar cookies never appealed to me. They always tasted bland to me. Well one day, one of our neighbors who often came over to have coffee with my mom, brought over a batch of her home made frosted sugar cookies. If I remember correctly, they were in the shape of pumpkins, and so cutely decorated. You know how they say you eat with your eyes first? They looked delicious, so I tried one. And to my surprise, I loved them. They were not like any other sugar cookie I had tried.
She was kind enough to share her recipe with me, and these are now cookies that are regularly requested from family & friends. They are perfect as cut-outs, so they make great cookies for absolutely any holiday or any occasion!
- 1 Cup melted butter
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 1/2 Cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
First, sift your dry ingredients together in a bowl (sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt). Then add in your wet ingredients (butter, eggs, vanilla). Mix well. Grab a handful of the dough, and spread out on a floured surface. I use a rolling pin to make the cookies nice & thin. You can use any type of cookie cutter you’d like. I was baking a ton of cookies this day and didn’t have the time or patience to do lots of cute cut-outs, so I used my round biscuit cutter. Just be sure your surface is floured well, and sprinkle some flour to the top of your dough before rolling it out, so it won’t stick to your rolling pin.
After you cut out all of your cookies, spread them out on a cookie sheet. I always line my cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Bake them at 350º for around 10-12 minutes. When you take them out, they will look like this. The thinner you roll them out with your rolling pin, the crispier your cookies will be. I personally prefer them crispy, but some of my family members prefer them softer, so I don’t roll them out quite so thin.
You can use whatever frosting you like, but I do love Pillsbury Vanilla frosting on these cookies. Easy peasy!
You can split up the frosting into different bowls and add food coloring if you’d like to color your frosting. I was lazy and left the frosting white, and just sprinkled them with candy sprinkles on top.
Try them just once and you will see why these cookies are so popular!