Sugar Cookies!

My family and I have been making sugar cookies for years- and decorating them with all of the creativity and originality that we could muster. And I have to say, I think that we have a pretty good recipe. So I wanted to share it with you all 🙂 Whether you are looking for a fun activity to do or need a last minute dessert idea for a party, this recipe can work well for anything!

We get our recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen, under the title “Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER” (a title I definitely agree with).

On the website she provides several different tips and tricks that will help make the cookies even better- especially if you aren’t a baker like me.

So without further ado, here is the recipe!


  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, 226 grams
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar, 200 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, 360 grams


  • PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, CREAM butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes
  • BEAT in extracts and egg. (PLEASE NOTE there is 1 egg in this recipe.)
  • In a separate bowl, COMBINE baking powder and salt with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If the dough looks crumbly keep mixing for 30 seconds to 1 minute longer. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the mixer.
  • If the dough still looks too dry or stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface, flour surface as needed. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  • DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches (2-3 chunks), roll out onto a floured surface, and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  • Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

These cookies are definitely best made with friends because obviously all of the love and laughter just adds an extra sweetness to them 🙂

After you’ve baked them, adding icing to bring them to life as people and stars and snowmen and ornaments and everything in between makes it even more satisfying to eat them so I would HIGHLY recommend that 🙂


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