I don’t know about you but sugar cookies are a staple at Christmas time! We tend to constantly have a batch around the house during the month for friends to munch on when they visit. Or at least that’s what I tell myself after I’ve 3 in one day. *Christmas cookie shame* But real, whether you want to munch on these or even wrap them and give them as gifts, these are so yummy and so easy.
I originally found this recipe on allrecipes.com so I will link that up to give credit where credit is due, but I’m also going to break it down for y’all.
First start by gathering all your ingredients:
* 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
*1 1/2 cups of sugar
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1 cup butter softened
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Now there are a couple of tricks to getting this recipe to turn out perfect. First off, make sure your softened butter is room temperature before beginning. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT soften your butter in the microwave! Your cookies will be a hot mess and run all together when baking. No good I tell you. Instead let your butter sit out on the counter until soft enough to cream together with the sugar. Side note: Just make sure it’s not blazing hot in your house, and you will be fine.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: Cream butter together with the sugar. You can do this one of two ways. You can be old school like I used to do and take a heavy duty fork to blend it all together (which will give you a heck of an arm workout) or you can use your KitchenAid stand mixer. If you don’t have one, buy it now. It’s Christmas. Treat yo-self because it’s 1000% worth it!
Step 3: Add egg and vanilla to butter/sugar mix.
Step 4: In a separate mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
Step 5: Gradually mix the dry ingredients into your butter/sugar concoction.
Step 6: Roll the batter (about a teaspoon amount) into small balls and place them on ungreased baking sheet. It’s important to leave about 2 inches between each ball to allow the cookie to bake down without joining forces with another cookie. Trust me on this one. They like to be friends, so avoid putting them too close.
Step 7: Bake them in your preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden. After you them out, let them stand on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before you move them to a cooling rack. That may seem like a step you can skip, but trust me. You need to let them cool for 2 whole minutes on the baking sheet before attempting to move them.
* optional step: After the cookies have baked for half of the baking time, sprinkle them with whatever festive sprinkles of your choosing! *
Then voila! You have some quick and easy, festive cookies for friends, family, and Santa!