the art of the sugar cookie…

I remember sugar cookies with great fondness.  Whenever we made them as a kid, which I don’t recall doing often, I took great joy in the cutting and decorating of them.  Frosting, sprinkles, candies.  Fun.  But the eating of the sugar cookies I never reveled in.  I never enjoyed.  I never even liked a little.  I thought the sugar cookies were gross.

I know right?  A kid that hates sugar cookies?  Go figure.

My desire to eat sugar cookies hasn’t changed a bit, but my desire to make them has been renewed.  That’s right, this sugar cookie hating girl is ready to put on her baking skirt and heels and a cute little apron, get out the mixer, the cookie cutters and the baking sheets and bake up a mess of cookies.  And then you know, decorate them.  That’s what moms do right?

I’ll leave the eating of the cookies to my kid.  A good portion of the baking, cutting and decorating will fall to her too, but the eating of them is going to be largely up to her.

But that is not really the point of this post.  The point of this post is that, as an adult, I have never made sugar cookies so I don’t have a recipe that I cling to as the one sugar cookie to rule all sugar cookies.  I went on line and found a few recipes for cookies and a few for frosting but I thought before I went on my merry way I’d ask you, yes you, if you have a sugar cookie recommendation.
Well do you?

Mom, you shut up.  You had your chance.

8 thoughts on “the art of the sugar cookie…

  1. Sybil Law says:

    Uh, no. But people loved my mom’s sugar cookies. I can ask her and get back to you.
    Also, I loved the sugar cookie dough, but not the actual cookie.

  2. saphyreplatypus says:

    Here is a family recipe that’s been handed down. I have a couple different ones I use depending on whether or not I do cut-outs or cookie press.

    1 cup milk
    1 1/2 cups shortening
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    3 eggs
    3 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsp vanilla

    Combine all ingredients, slowly add flour until a soft dough forms.(note: there is no exact measurement on the flour, just add until soft dough forms) Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Roll 1/4″thick, cut out shapes. Bake at 375 8-10 mins. Cool, decorate, enjoy!

    ~ Kate

  3. kari says:

    regardless of your feelings about the cookies, you cannot tell your mom to shut up. :-)

    I also am not a fan of the eating of the cookies. what does this MEAN?

  4. camikaos says:

    Syb: send it along when you get it

    Katie: thank you. No need to chill the dough before i roll it out?

    Kari: it means if we’re drinking martinis and baking cookies we need a lot of people to eat the cookies for us.

  5. Jamie says:

    I have a great sugar cookie recipe, but it’s for a drop cookie, not the kind you roll and use cookie cutters on. I could get my grandma’s recipe if you’d like, but I’m willing to bet that there’s better out there.

    However, if you need tips on the art of cutting out and decorating cookies, I’ve gotten good at it over the years. :) (Grandma used to actually make so many cookies that one Christmas, without prior warning, I went in and took 10 dozen cookies for a school party and didn’t put a dent in what we happened to have on hand.)

  6. mom says:

    Sorry, but I don’t really like them either. Which is why there isn’t a recipe for sugar cookies in my cook book!

  7. Stu says:

    My mom always made killer snickerdoodles at Christmas and they bring back memories of her every time I have one.

    I can take or leave sugar cookies, meh.

    -Stu

  8. Angel says:

    As much as I adore baking and decorating cupcakes, and coming up with ideas for them and making them look pretty, I almost never eat them. I would rather eat a sugar cookie!
    :P

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