my favorite sugar cookie recipe

Every year without fail we turn to the same Sugar Cookie Recipe.  While I blogged about it years ago, it was time to update the post for you!  Turns out I'm no longer single and living in a tiny studio behind someone's home in Santa Barbara, but living the life of a mom and wife of three little boys living outside Washington DC.  Wow.  It feels weird to type that!

These sugar cookies were passed on to us and the original recipe is one of those that a friend scribbled down on a piece of paper.  We make the cookies and frosting each year, and each year they get less pretty, but somehow more delicious.  I think the three little boys have something to do with the less pretty part- but I think they add spoonfuls to the added love that goes into them!

Note: these pictures are the cookie recipe, but not the frosting! I snapped a picture to share the recipe with you here because I know if your life is anything like mine all events seem to be asking for cookies these days, and you want a recipe you can trust.  For my son's fifth birthday this past week we invited his class over to decorate cookies and so the frosting here is that glorious store bought tubes!  I will say, it was fun and therapeutic to use it and I think you could use the frosting recipe I'll share here, but if you wanted to add some more detail, those magical store bought tubes are the way to go!

Heres the recipe for you.  Some notes before you start- There's no need to refrigerate this dough before you make the cookies!  That's probably one of the main reasons I love them so much!  Make sure your flour surface is clean and you have flour nearby to add to it when you need to.  I like using a little spatula to get the cookies onto my baking sheet like this and I use silpat baking sheets like these which I swear by!  (Affiliate link used there, but don't worry it means nothing for you and the prices you'll pay, just helps me keep this blog running!)

Confession: Sometimes I don't sift the flour, but if you have time by all means. One time I heard Martha Stewart say whisking was good enough, so there you go.

Here's the Recipe for you!

German Sugar Cookies:
  • Sift together 3 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. baking soda, 1/4 t. salt, set aside
  • Cream 1 c. butter and 1 c. sugar in bowl, add 2 eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition then 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Gradually stir in dry ingredients
  • Divide dough in half and roll out onto floured surface to 1/4" thickness. Cut with floured cutters and place about 2" apart on greased sheet- they'll grow!
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 min, or until golden.
  • Remove and let cool- they freeze well up to 3 weeks

Here's the delicious frosting recipe.  It hardens nicely, has a little shine to it, and is super tasty and helps the cookies melt in your mouth!

  • 2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 2 T softened butter
  • 2-3 T milk
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • dash salt
  • mix to desired consistency, add the colorings you'd like, and frost away!

P.S.  Santa called and he just requested these. :)

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