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Sugar Cookie Recipe

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, best christmas cookies, best sugar cookies, christmas cookies, holiday, homemade gift, sugar cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 45
Calories 129 kcal
Author Jenny

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Sugar Cookie Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Place butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese and beat another 2 minutes. Slowly add sugar, beating another 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add egg yolks one at a time then vanilla extract. Turn mixer off for a minute. Mix flour and salt in large mixing bowl. Turn mixer back on low speed and add 1/3 of flour mixture beating until combined. Add the next 1/3 of flour mixture beating until combined, then the final 1/3 flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured counter top or on top of floured parchment paper. With floured hands, knead a few times folding dough in half then pressing and in half again. Divide dough into 2 equal parts forming discs. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours before using or freeze for 45 minutes-1 hour before using.

  2. When dough has been chilled, roll dough into 1/4-1/2 inch thick large round onto a lightly floured counter top. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use cookie cutters to cut desired cookie shapes and transfer to baking sheets. Cookies can be close to each other.  Very minimal spreading.  Bake cookies for 15 minutes, until lightly golden on edges. Let cool completely before icing.

  3. To prepare icing place powdered sugar into a medium mixing bowl. Stir in milk until smooth then add corn syrup beating until smooth. Divide icing into bowls and add food coloring as desired. Dip or paint cookies with a brush. Let dry completely before packaging.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Potassium 27mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.