The BEST Sugar Cookies

My title had to be cliche, because these really are pretty stellar.  Mostly, they’re great because they are about as different from those store bought, play-doh sugar cookies as you can get!  Caleb told me he kind of likes that kind, but he has to be one of the few, right?  I mean, those are terrible!  For the sake of my side, I’ll admit that as a child I thought play-doh was pretty tasty (at least the salty, homemade version).  As an adult, I no longer think it’s tasty, but I can testify that the typical store bought sugar cookie tastes almost identical.  I’m not even kidding you.  Go ahead and do a taste comparison.  Yuck.

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

These are the sugar cookies my mom always made and they’re kind of a holiday tradition or an anytime you need to whip up some cookies and decorate them for a function kind of thing.  If you can get past the whole, you’re virtually eating cooked butter and sugar, then you’re good to go!  They really are delicious!  I used these for our Christmas trays I gave to the neighbors.

The BEST Sugar CookiesStar Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together butter and sugar.  Stir in egg.  Stir in baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and vanilla.  Gradually add in flour until the dough forms a ball.  Don’t add too much or your cookies will be really crumbly.  You want a nice, soft, slightly sticky dough.  Dump your ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface (adding more flour as needed).  Roll it out to desired thickness and cut your cookies out.  Space out on baking sheets and pop into the oven for about 8 minutes or just lightly golden on the edges.  Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes or until cookies are firmed up.

A couple of things to note….  I got about 2-3 dozen cookies from this recipe.  You can easily double this recipe (double exactly) for twice as many if you need to feed a crowd. 🙂

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