Nathan is two and a half…already. I decided Nathan was the perfect age to make roll out sugar cookies for the first time this holiday season. It didn’t go perfectly (as he liked to press cookie cutters where we had already cut out cookies, ahem) but we had fun and made some delicious cookies.
I don’t make roll out sugar cookies a lot but I know we’ll be doing it more as the kids grow older. Whenever I do make roll out sugar cookies, this is the recipe I use. This recipe was given to our family when we moved to Texas and called “Texas Sugar Cookies.” There is nothing really Texan about them (except the memories) but this is the best sugar cookie recipe you will ever make! Trust me.
I love this roll out sugar cookie recipe for several reasons.
First, it’s a very simple recipe with ingredients that are already in your fridge. You can make this sugar cookie dough in a matter of minutes!
Second, there is no chilling required for these cookies. The original recipe said that chilling for 3 to 4 hours was optional but not required. I never chill mine because once the dough is made, who wants to wait to cut out cookies? Just flour your surface and roll away! No chilling – no problem!
Finally, I love these roll out sugar cookies because they taste absolutely delicious.
When you bake these cookies, you’ll end up with a sugar cookie that is the exact same shape as the one you cut with your cookie cutter. No spreading or expanding with this recipe. Your cookies will have a nice rounded end and be ever so lightly browned.
These truly are perfect cookies for frosting and decorating. I like to make the cookies ahead of time and freeze them (they freeze great!) until we’re ready to frost. This year, Nathan and I used one batch of dough to cut out Thanksgiving cookies as well as Christmas ones. We’re getting 3 times of fun from one recipe – 1 time to cut out the cookies, and 2 different decorating times. How’s that for planning ahead?
Whether you make roll out sugar cookies multiple times a year or just on special occasions with the kids or grandkids, give this recipe a try. It really is one of the easiest and best roll out sugar cookie recipes!
1 cup butter, slightly softened
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
Cream together butter and sugar in mixer. Beat in eggs. Add in vanilla, milk and baking powder. Mix in flour, one cup at a time, until all flour is added.
Flour counter top and roll out a portion of the dough with a well-floured rolling pin. Cut out cookies.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from cookie tray and allow to cool on racks before frosting.