For awhile now, I have been searching for a good sugar cookie recipe. A recipe that compares to the break ‘n bake dough in the grocery store. I know homemade is always best, but until today, I hadn’t found a recipe comparable to the store bought dough.
I found the initial recipe on food.com, but I changed it up a little. The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to add eggs. This is a plus for us because the kids like to lick the bowl and utensils (me, too) . 🙂
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup softened butter
* 2 tablespoons condensed milk (You can use any kind of milk. I only had condensed.)
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur.)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 pinch salt
* 3 more tbls or so of flour (add to dough to lessen stickiness and sprinkle mat and pin)
* 1/8 cup sugar (to sprinkle on top before putting in the oven)
Preheat oven to 350°F
Combine softened butter and sugar in a bowl and mix until it gets lighter and fluffy.
Add vanilla and milk to butter/sugar mixture.
Combine a pinch of salt, flour, and baking powder in a separate bowl.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients. (The dough should be a little bit sticky at this point.)
Add extra flour as needed until dough becomes less sticky.
Roll onto flat surface and cut into shapes. (We used a star cutter.)
Place on greased pan. (We used Pam cooking spray.)
Bake for 8-10 minutes until bottom is lightly golden.
Let cool. Add icing and sprinkles.
The recipe was simple. As ours baked, I was hoping they would turn out okay. I wasn’t holding my breath. But, to our surprise, they were great! The kids, Jamie, and even my grandma approved! What was the secret in this recipe? I think it was the condensed milk (I haven’t ever baked with it before), the vanilla icing, and the yellow sprinkles (made completely from sugar, of course)! We limit sweets in our house, but when we do bake them, we like to go all out! 😉
We decorated ours to look like starfish or sea stars (whichever name you prefer). This week, we read books about the ocean and sea animals, so we had to have a snack to go along with our books. Some of our favorite books were Kittens for Keeps by Mary Olson, Yellow Ball by Molly Bang, Swimmy by Leo Lionni., and Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham.
These faces have success written all over them!
A little vanilla ice cream made them even better! 😉
What is the secret in your favorite sugar cookie recipe?
James 1:5 — If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.