The Best Sugar Cookies... Ever

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


I started making a recipe for sugar cookies to roll out, cut and decorate with John Shea. We did that but in the end with the frosting and sprinkles on top it was too sweet, even for us. I think these taste better when made in cookie form so they're not flat or crispy at all -- but soft and chewy and so flavorful. We love these! Our neighbors do, too. You may want to bake these as gifts because watch out... they're addicting!


Fresh eggs from our next door neighbors! We're buying baby chicks from them this Spring to surprise the kids for Easter. Cam is already working on a mobile chicken coop and we hope to be able to have enough eggs to start giving back. I'm so excited!


The Best Sugar Cookies Ever
(makes 3-4 dozen)

1 C butter (or 200 grams), softened
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 C sugar
1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 C flour

Make sure the butter is completely soft, though not melted. Stir in the egg and an egg yolk with the sugar and extracts. (I like flavorful cookies so I use two teaspoons of vanilla extract but you may prefer to just use one! I've tried it both ways; both are delicious! Also, softened butter and an egg yolk help keep the cookies fluffier, whereas melted butter and using egg whites help cookies to be flatter and crispier) Gently fold in the flour, baking powder and salt until fully combined. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. I like to use a cookie scoop but you can just form the dough into a teaspoon-sized ball with your hands and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Return the unused dough to the fridge inbetween batches.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven. I bake mine for 8 minutes but our oven here works quickly. Slide the parchment paper off the pan with the cookies still on it, to cool. Sprinkle with sugar if you like an extra sweet cookie. You could also sprinkle these with gold or red or green sugar to make them more festive. Enjoy! I have another Christmas cookie recipe coming soon...


15 comments:

  1. These look so yummy!!! Bookmarking them and hoping to convince my sister we should me them tonight! hahaha xo

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    1. Hahah hope you do! Though seriously, good luck only eating one. I am eating yet another as I write this.

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  2. mmmmmm - yummy!!
    “I planned out our whole day. First we’ll make snow angels for a two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”
    miss you!! -- lanneybear

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  3. These sound delicious!

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  4. Made these last night "for the office" (good excuse, right?) and now everyone loves me. The almond is perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Stephanie, that makes me so happy to hear!! Thank you! And that made me laugh outloud :)

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  5. You're right!! These are the best sugar cookies!! I love that they are not cut out...saves so much time and still fun for the littles to help with. Your recipes never disappoint!! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Elena! I hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas, too!!

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  6. Late to the game here, but I can't wait to try these! When is your cookbook coming out? ;)

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    1. And ask me again in the not too distant future... :)

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  7. Wanted to let you know I tried these and absolutely loved them! We had to do about 20 batches wih our Japan toaster-oven set up but it was worth it. Love to you and your precious family!

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  8. Hey! This is very nice idea and recipe for cookies. Im also a writer and here is my latest article http://blog.bookbaby.com/2016/02/make-sacrifices-to-be-a-writer/ I think that soon i will write some recipe book!

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