Classic Sugar Cookies


Happy Valentine's Day!  

One of my favorite treats to make with my kids is sugar cookies.  Though it isn't the quickest dessert to whip up, it always provides the most giggles and the biggest mess!  It definitely doesn't make the list for Healthiest Desserts, but balance is key to when it comes to my family's diet.  

What I love about sugar cookies is that you can shape them to fit just about any holiday or event, or if you're not feeling up to rolling them out, you can always just drop them on a cookie sheet and toss them in the oven.  What I love about this recipe -- you don't have to chill the dough!  Life is busy enough to have to wait at least 4 hours to start rolling!

Valentine's Day brings the perfect excuse to pull out my cookie cutters and get mixing!  Find my delicious recipe below and my favorite Valentine Silicone Cookie Stamps from Williams-Sonoma (and they are 30% off!).

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Classic Sugar Cookies
Valentine's Day brings the perfect excuse to pull out my cookie cutters and get rolling!  You won't want to miss this family favorite!
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts and egg. Blend until smooth.2. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder and salt with flour. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients a little bit at a time. (The dough will be stiff.) 3. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide dough into quarters, roll out onto a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut.4. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Let cookies cool, about 4 minutes, on cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer.TIPS : *Almond extract is optional. If you don't love the flavor, just leave it out! **If you need more precise shaped cookies, though the cut cookies placed on a cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes before tossing in the oven. Freezing prior to cooking will help cookies maintain their shape. ***I love this recipe because you don't have to chill the dough before cooking! However, if you want to make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap and chill. Let dough rest on counter at least 5-10 minutes prior to rolling. ****You can frost cookies with a royal icing or buttercream -- both are delicious!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 dozen