Thursday, October 18, 2012

The BEST Sugar Cookies

I have very fond memories of making cut out sugar cookies as a child.  Before she retired, my mother was an elementary school teacher, and the day school let out for Christmas vacation was always "Cut out cookie making day"!  We also did them at Easter.  I know these special times with mom and my sisters began my love affair with cookie cutters!  

Then there is my fascination with cupcake liners...but that's another story for another day! ;)

When my children were old enough to help make sugar cookies I found this recipe on the Gooseberry Patch Message Board.  They were called, "Amy F's Valentine Butter Cookies".  They are the BEST, and ONLY sugar cookies I make.  

The BEST Sugar Cookies


2C sugar
1/4C brown sugar
2 sticks butter (1C)
2 eggs
6 tbsp milk
4C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla


Cream the butter and sugars.  Add eggs, milk, and vanilla - mix well.  In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture - beat until blended.  (I find sometimes I need a bit more milk) Chill for 1 hour.  Roll onto floured surface and cut out with your favorite cookie cutters.  Bake on greased or parchment lined pan @ 350 for 12 min.

I made these sugar cookies for our Thanksgiving Potluck with my husband's family.  I did a pumpkin for each of the little ones, and leaves for the adults. 

All cooked, and waiting for some icing.

Cookie Glaze Frosting Recipe

This is my sister, Paula's, recipe to glaze cookies before you decorate them.  (i.e. the orange icing below)

1C icing sugar
4 tsp milk
2 tsp corn syrup
1/4 Tsp vanilla
food coloring

Mix icing sugar & milk til smooth.  Mix in syrup and vanilla til glossy.  Add more syrup if too thick.  

Butter Frosting - Five Roses Flour Cookbook

This is my "go to" icing for so many things.  It is my favorite for decorating cupcakes.  

1/2C butter
pinch of salt
5C icing sugar
8 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and salt together.  Add sugar gradually alternating with milk.  Beat until smooth.  Add more milk or icing sugar if necessary.  Stir in vanilla.  Yield approx 3C.

I see a pumpkin for Emma, Micah, Andrew, Naomi, and Eva!

This pumpkin was either for Jake, Jackson, or Joel!  :)

I must say, there were some adults who were just as excited to grab a cookie as some of the children were!!

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  1. Thanks for these recipes Tanya. I do have a recipe for sugar cookies that is really good and it also has lemon flavouring in it. Make a huge batch too. I have never tried to make a glaze for cookies so am excited to try this recipe. Do you know how many cookies it will cover? Thanks. Pam

    1. It's hard to say, Pamela. So much would depend on how big your cookie cutter is. But you can NEVER have too much icing, so I would at least double the recipe. Since your recipe makes alot, you might even need more. I did about 12 of those pumpkins without doubling this recipe and they are about 3" across. :)

  2. Yummy! I'm going to try these cookies...I even "pinned" you on my desserts page, lol!

  3. Your cookies look so cute! I may have to give the recipe a try. I also love the way you store the cookie cutters. I have mine in a plastic bag in the cupboard but I may have to look for a jar. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. The sugar cookie recipe that I use I found in a magazine ad for Land O Lakes butter back in the 70s. I'm going to try your recipe though, and the frostings in particular. Your cookies look so good. I used to collect cookie cutters until things just got out of control, so I started giving them away to various members of the family trying to pair the cutters with their interests. I love your cupcake liner collection. I never seem to have one on hand when I need it, and they can be used for so many different things. I really enjoyed this post!

  5. YUMMY! I have an old old sugar cookie recipe... but next time I make cookies I'm using your recipe!!!
    Your cut outs are adorable for fall!

  6. Those sound amazing! Your cookie cutter and cupcake liner obsessions seem tame compared to mine : )

  7. these are so beautiful and look so yummy! Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY and sharing your fabulous sugar cookies!

  8. My mouth is watering, these look so delicious & tempting. Great work with the decorations! Thanks Tanya for visiting me and for your sweet words :)

  9. These are so cute. I have been looking for a recipe to test out my newest cookie cutters, think this might be it.

  10. I love your cookies! Your recipe sounds good- Sugar cookies are my hubby's favorite. :)

  11. Thanks for this! I have been looking for a new sugar cookie recipe. (I love cookie cutters and cupcake liners too.) Stopped by from the Creative Me linkup. Love your blog, and I'm a new follower.

  12. Replies
    1. debnlaptop, you may know it as powdered sugar. :)

  13. I do horrible at sugar cookies. I'll have to try this recipe out. But I'm also bad at baking. Good post though.

    Garrett @ The Growing Patch


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