« nesting | Main | school bag »

sugar cookies

I'm often asked for the recipe I use for sugar cookies, and have never felt comfortable sharing it because it's not a recipe I created myself. I learned it from my old roommate Kristin, who learned it from our friend Angie who learned it from her mom. Well luckily Angie recently shared the recipe over on her new blog. I've tried several sugar cookie recipes and this one is hands down my favorite. Once the dough is chilled it rolls out beautifully and the cookies will keep their shape with a nice defined edge.

I've made these often enough that I have a little routine: 2 days before the party you make the dough in the evening and let it chill overnight (I always double the recipe). The next day you roll them out and bake them, (they only cook for about 8 minutes, and you pull them out when they are just the tiniest bit golden brown) then let them cool. Frost them that evening (the night before the party) and let them sit overnight so the frosting can harden. The day of the party you can package them as favors, or serve them as part of your buffet. But make plenty, people tend to eat more than their share!

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (11)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (23)

That is the most beautiful plate of cookies ever! :)

09.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Those look delicious, I will definitely have to try the recipe. I haven't yet found a sugar cookie recipe that I love. Thanks for posting it.

09.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I tried that recipe tonight and it is delicious! I am planning on making these cookies for my son's birthday this weekend! Thank for sharing your process!

09.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Oh thank you! I tried to make star cookies for the 4th of July (inspired by your cookie cupcake toppers) and they ended up looking more like blobby flowers. Will try this recipe for sure!

09.22.2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaina

What cookie cutters did you use? I LOVE them!

09.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Can we please get an icing recipe as well? Thanks!

09.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoree

I'm always looking for the perfect sugar cookie recipe. Those look fabulous! It doesn't look like they spread at all. Thanks for sharing!

09.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith


So glad my mom's cookie recipe is becoming so famous! It really is the best.

Much love,

09.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngie Gubler

Hi all,
The cookie cutters are an old Martha By Mail heart set, sadly no longer available. And the icing recipe is included over at Angie's site.

09.23.2009 | Registered CommenterBrooke

Yummmm...I love sugar cookies. They make me feel like a kid again somehow.

09.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

yum (and such a pretty picture) and thanks for sharing the recipe!

09.24.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Ooh, how fun! We have a secret family cookie recipe too, though I might have to try this one if you swear by it! I love the long heart shapes.

I have had many of Angie's sugar cookies... they are indeed the best.

09.24.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie Slade

Sounds great! I'll definitely have to try this one out-- I've been searching for a good sugar cookie recipe forever!

09.25.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

It really is the best sugar cookie recipe in the WORLD.

And, if could invent a time machine, you know my first stop would be back to the good old days of Martha by mail when we had that discount and I'd buy those cookie cutters and EVERYTHING ELSE THEY SOLD!

09.25.2009 | Unregistered Commentersara

I may have to try these, all these sugar cookie recipes that I make are so hard to roll out and cut and always snap or burn in the oven! I guess the chilling is also a pretty important step too.

09.26.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

mmm, these look so jummie, thanks for sharing the link and tips, cant wait to try them!!!

09.27.2009 | Unregistered Commentererika

Thank you for sharing this great recipe. My fall cut out cookies turned out lovely!

09.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannahM

Brooke, the photo is fantastic. From your amazing camerawork, to the well-thought placement of the red hearts, you have a knack for composition. Mark Wadsworth would be so proud!

09.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Halatokoua


those cookies look really good..where can I find a recipe for the icing?
Your icing and it's colours does really look great!

thanks a lot

09.28.2009 | Unregistered Commenterroberto

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>