Oh my goodness! I have found the BEST sugar cookie recipe ever. They are firm cookies, that can be put together quickly but every bite is soft and delicious. Paired with the best sugar cookie icing ever, these cookies are certainly the most delicious and beautiful cookies I have ever made.
Best Sugar Cookies Ever:
2/3 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
Beat butter for 30 seconds on high. Add sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Beat in wet ingredients until combined. Slowly add flower and beat until combined (may have to stir at the end). Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes. Cut into shapes!
Bake at 375 (or 377 if your oven’s digital buttons are off like mine. I have to press 699 to get 377, but it works so whatever!) for 7-8 minutes. Voila, PERFECT cookies!
Best Sugar Cookie Icing Ever:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp almond or lemon extract
2 tsp light corn syrup*
*If you get to this part of the recipe and you realize like myself that you have NO corn syrup in the house though you could have sworn you have moved that bottle out of your way a thousand times to get to something else in your cupboard, do not fret! Make your own corn syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil until syrupy.
Continuing on… Stir together sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in the wet ingredients until smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick add more corn syrup. Divide icing and add coloring as desired to make different color icing that will dry hard and glossy for STACK-ABLE, professional-looking sugar cookies.
Sugar cookie decorating tips:
Keep a little bit of milk and a 1/4 tsp. around. While you are working the icing you have divided will harden a bit. Adding a small amount of milk (like 1/8 of a tsp) will help to keep it smooth while you are working. You can either dip the cookies, place a small amount of icing in the middle of the cookie and spread evenly over the cookie or you can paint the icing on the cookies with a brush. Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind that the icing dries quickly. I decorated cookies with Ava and while trying to keep her brushes out of her mouth and the ups and downs of working with a toddler, my icing would dry preventing me from getting a really smooth finished product, unless I dipped. Just a word to the wise!
Making more this afternoon and will post the pictures. Really, they are the best! Thank goodness I did a T-Tapp workout this morning because the sugar rush of the icing alone… it’s intense!