And then my momma found this recipe and my Valentine's treats (and Christmas, actually) rapidly improved. Finally, a soft, dare I say supple, sugar cookie that didn't spread as it baked. The final batch no longer tasted floury and stiff, and the flavor made me swoon. I could finally eat and give Valentine's cookies with confidence.
No Fail Sugar Cookies
Recipe from dozens of websites and my mom
Pictures by Kelly
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into butter mixture and mix until flour mixture is completely incorporated and the dough is well combined. Form into a 2 round disks and chill 1-2 hours (or overnight).****
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chilled dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out to your desired thickness (about 1/4 inch thick). Cut into desired shapes and continue rolling dough between paper until you have used it all.
- Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges (Be careful--different shapes will cook faster or slower. If you're in doubt, peek at the bottom of a cookie to see if it has started to brown. If it has, pull. them out).
- Let cool on wire racks and frost with vanilla buttercream frosting (see below).
****I'm using a silly number of asterisks here because this is a very good idea if you happen to have space in your refrigerator. Rather than wait for your dough to chill and then have to beat it into submission with the rolling pin, take the unchilled dough and place it between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to the desired thickness (about 1/4 inch) and place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet. If you plan on chilling overnight, cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Recipe from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- Mix powdered sugar and butter in medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
- Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. Add food coloring as desired.