I have a little bit of a confession today, and it involves sweet, beautifully decorated sugar cookies. For a while now I have been obsessed with all those yummy photos of decorated sugar cookies on Pinterest. I’ve been doing what I think a lot of us do, filing away all these amazing photos with the belief that one day I would get around to learning how to make them myself. Well it’s time to do something about it.
I signed Ash and I up for classes on Craftsy.com, purchased a couple of cookie decorating books, and today I’m sharing the recipe that we have found best works for us. We have actually tried quite a few vanilla sugar cookies recipes, and a lot of them were needlessly complicated, or didn’t work out well. This recipe was quite easy, and fast, and it also tasted great. We felt the need to eat an entire batch (over the course of a week), just to be sure.
We have been having so much fun making them so far that my daughter now wants to bake them for a living when she’s older. We’ll see how long that idea lasts for, but for now, I’m just having fun hanging out with my kiddo and eating cookies.
A FEW TIPS –
- When you are rolling the dough, make sure the dough is between two sheets of baking paper. This will stop the dough from breaking up when you try to roll it.
- Pop the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes to chill.
- Don’t roll them out too thin
- 1 cup slightly softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup castor sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla essence
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- 3¾ SR flour
- Cream the butter and sugars together in a mixing bowl
- Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
- Add the salt and baking powder, and again mix into the dough well.
- Add the flour, half a cup at a time. For us the correct amount of flour was 3¾ cups. You can put up to 4½ cups in, however it is best to do it ½ a cup at a time, and stop when the dough is no longer sticky and holds together.
- Roll the dough in plastic wrap, or place in an airtight container and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes
- Roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper, and use your cutters to create cookie shapes
- Bake cookies at 180c for about 7 minutes. Turn the tray at about 3½ minutes.
- Bake until the edges start to turn a golden brown.
- Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.