I may have made three batches of these cookies in a week, maybe. But that’s not important. Just listen to me when I tell you these are good, too good. It’s a simple, easy recipe that you can change up and customize for any holiday or occasion or for when you’re just craving a really good sugar cookie.
I really like almond flavoring. I use that in the frosting for these and I definitely recommend you using it too, but if you don’t like it or don’t have it, don’t fret. They’re good with vanilla too.
Superstar Sugar Cookies
1 cup of softened butter (margarine works)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
1 tsp water
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together. Add water and egg. Mix until fluffly
2. In separate bowl, measure out dry ingredients. Sift or mix them together. You don’t want a glob of salt messing up your bite of perfect cookie.
3. Mix the dry and wet stuff together! I usually use a spoon at first and then use my hands to incorporate everything.
4. Here you have a little freedom. Either a) cover mix with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour, b) cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 mins or c) don’t worry about cooling the dough, heat up the oven and roll up your sleeves
5. Heat up the oven to 375
6. Roll the dough out on a clean, flat surface. A light dusting of flour will help if the dough sticks to anything. Roll to 1/4 inch thick, or whatever. But remember the thicker the cookie the longer they take to cook. Having thick cookies might also mess up your cookie to frosting ratio, so beware.
7. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter, upside down glass, whatever you want
8. I bake my cookies on parchment paper so they don’t stick and I don’t have to worry about cleaning the pans in between batches. So bake on parchment paper or greased cookie sheet for 6-9 minutes until the edges are just turning light golden brown.
9. Let them cool on the pan or remove to cool.
10. Then frost and enjoy!
About 3 cups of powdered sugar
2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp milk
3-4 drops food coloring
1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. It will get goopy and thick. You want it just thin enough so you can spread it onto the cookies. It will dry flat and pretty!
Frosting really depends on how thick you frost, the consistency you want, so if it doesn’t look right add some more milk or sugar! Milk 1 tsp at a time and powdered sugar about 1/3 of a cup at a time