Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Best Sugar Cookies!

Update 10/30/2010....see for the "real" story on these cookies :).

Probably like many of you, I have been on a hiatus. This Christmas holiday was exactly what we needed around here. The tanking economy has been stressful (like it has for most of us) and so it was nice to just have a break from life and from my 'to do' list. And so in the process I put blogging on the backburner and just had a holiday. It was much needed! And so now I have to get back to real life and wanted to post this recipe before I went off and checked on all of your blogs! This is my mom's phenomenal sugar cookie recipe. My husband who doesn't prefer sugar cookies even gobbles these up and raves about them. They are SO soft and have the greatest flavor. The key with this recipe is to not overbake them and take them out at the alotted time--even if they still seem a little undone. They will firm up a bit as they sit. I'm sure we're all on a sugar high and not in a cookie mood after the holidays. But when that hankering hits--try these! You won't be disappointed.

Sugar Cookies from Barbs
1 C sugar
1 C butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs beaten
1/8 C milk
½ tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
4 ¼ C flour

Chill 3 hours. Roll out onto wax paper and cut into shapes. Bake at 350 for 6-7 minutes—don’t overcook. When making frosting, add almond extract to it and it makes them so yummy!

Tips: I make my own frosting by softening about 4 T butter and 1/2 cap of vanilla (sorry about no exact science here) and then adding milk and powdered sugar to desired consistency. And the trick that makes these cookies so fabulous is adding almond extract to the frosting. I do anywhere from 2-4 tsp depending on how much frosting I have. Taste and see the amount you'd like.


Barbara Bakes said...

Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas break. This sounds similar to my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I haven't tried the almond extract tip though!

Melanie said...

I love to try new sugar cookie recipes. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect one - so I'll try this for sure!

Brandon and Lindsey B said...

These are really yummy! Thanks for putting it up because I'm pretty sure your mom has given it to me but I lost it! Oh and I can't wait to see y'all soon-ish :)

Lynn and Barbs said...

I'm so impressed with your cooking blog. You are a great cook and it is so fun to see you making some of the recipes you grew up with. I've had fun making and enjoying your new recipes. We enjoyed our sugar cookies again this Christmas. Happy New Year!
Mom aka Barbs

Brandon and Lindsey B said...

I love these cookies! I love it every time Mom AKA Barbs makes them for us! Seriously such a great recipe!