What are the holidays without cookies?! This is another favorite recipe of mine, sugar cookies! Nothing fancy here, just good old, traditional sugar cookies! Just like mom makes! Cuz this is her recipe, so don’t thank me, thank my mom! We would make these for almost any holiday growing up. If you have a cookie cutter for the occasion these cookies are up for the job! We always made these around Christmas and make cookies shaped like holly, snowmen, Santa, candy canes, ginger bread people, horses and more! For Christmas we usually also used red, green, and white frosting, however not having food coloring, or many cookie cutters, this year I made only boring round cookies with white frosting.
No cookie cutters? Use a glass to cut out round cookies!
You’ll also notice, I’m no fancy decorator. I go for function. Frosting on cookies is all that I require! So feel free to be as fancy (or not…rustic, that’s what it’s called right?). If you are a fancy cookie person, please, show off your cookies in the comments! I’d love to see them, even if my cookies will never look that awesome!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1-2 tsp milk (or as needed to create the desired consistency)
- Sift or mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) in a large bowl.
- Cream butter, vanilla extract, egg and sugar and whip until light yellow in color and well mixed.
- Add creamed butter mixture, and milk to the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together. It will be sticky.
- Form dough into a large ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Let chill for at least an hour (or until you remember it).
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Sprinkle your work surface with flour and place your chilled dough on it.
- Flour your rolling pin and roll out dough to around 1/4" in thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of your choice, and place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until just golden brown.
- Let cool, then ice with frosting.
- In a small bowl combine butter and powdered sugar. Add milk a few drops at a time until you reach desired consistency. Add food coloring now if you wish. Decorate cookies with frosting in a manner of your choosing, add whatever sprinkles or other decorations you wish!
- Let the frosting dry, then store in a tightly sealed container. Separate cookie layers with waxed paper to prevent them from sticking to each other.