Sugar Cookie making and decorating is something our kiddos LOVE to do. It even made our Christmas Bucket List this year (check that one off!). This particular sugar cookie recipe is extra special because it came from my 2nd and 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Kalemba (she taught me both years). She was one of my favorite teachers ever! She always smelled sooooo good and had the best handwriting. I remember her handing me the piece of paper to take home to my mom who was looking for a good “cut out cookie” recipe back in the day. Long story short, my mom hasn’t used another sugar cookie recipe that I know of since then. That’s why it’s the best sugar cookie recipe EVER! We love it!
Fast forward about 25 years and now I get to share this yummy goodness with you!! I’ve added one special thing to make them juuuuust right. 🙂 You’ll see it in the ingredients below. This recipe doubles and triples easily and works great for cut-out cookies. It’s a fun activity for kids to get “hands on” in the kitchen! (I know it’s messy, but sometimes it’s worth it!)
BONUS: I’m also sharing my “go to” butter cream frosting recipe I use for decorating cakes and cookies. It’s the best! Feel free to use any frosting recipe you love, though, it won’t hurt my feelings. 🙂
**Tip for the cookies: If you can, let the dough sit in the fridge overnight and then set it out for a bit (half hour-hour) before you need it the next day. If you can’t do that, don’t worry about it, the cookies just set up a little bit nicer when you do.**
Sugar Cookie Recipe (doubles and triples easily)
Ingredients and directions:
1/2 C butter
1/2 C shortening
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp salt
***1 box vanilla pudding mix*** can be sugar free (that’s my secret ingredient!) It makes them soooo good!!
mix and set in fridge overnight or for a few hours if possible. Use a roller on a floured surface to smooth out dough and cookie cutters to make whatever shapes you desire. ENJOY!!
Once cookies have cooled, you will want to frost them. Here’s a recipe you might like:
Butter Cream Frosting
3 C powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 C crisco (makes the frosting extra white and whipped)
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Add a little powdered sugar to thicken or milk to thin if necessary.
Something I like to do is melt the frosting and place it on top of the cookies. It rolls around the sides like a glaze and dries within a few minutes, it’s so yummy! I’ll show you how I do it in our Facebook LIVE!
Hopefully these yummy cookies and frosting bring some good smells and smiles into your home like they do ours!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Karli and Angie