Homemade Sugar Cookies
I’d like to begin by sharing with you that I made the Homemade Sugar Cookies featured above, with the intention of decorating them, so I wanted them to be a flatter cookie. When I want flatter cookies for decorating, I gently flatten the dough balls with the bottom of a small plate (or glass). When I want them fluffier, I leave them rounded on the sheet before baking. I didn’t need them to be perfectly flat, because I had the icing and toppings set out on the table for the kids to decorate their own cookies. This recipe only calls for 5 ingredients, and is really easy to make, it’s a great one for letting the kids help in the kitchen. When cooking with kids, especially younger ones, don’t worry about achieving a “perfect” look, just enjoy making the memories together 🙂
You can use a teaspoon to scoop them out, but I prefer to use a small melon ball scooper or ice cream scooper to get them even (and it’s easier for the boys). We scoop them out, and place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet – you don’t want them running together. As I mentioned earlier, if you want them flatter for decorating, use a small plate or glass to flatten them. If you are not decorating or want a fluffier cookie, just leave the balls round and they’ll bake just fine.
Homemade Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract optional, but it adds an extra layer of flavor
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or coat with baking spray).
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until combined.
Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every now and again.
Roll dough into 1" balls, and roll in sugar.
Place on baking sheet, about 2" apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until cookies have set.
Allow to cool.Feel free to frost them or cover them with a glaze, if desired.
These are a few items I find helpful in my own kitchen, when preparing this These Homemade Sugar Cookies Recipe:
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire RedOXO Good Grips Small Cookie ScoopGood Cook 13 Inch x 9 Inch Cookie SheetAmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2-PackMcCormick All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract, 4 fl ozWilton Industries Perfect Results Mega Cooling Rack, Black
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