Cookies | December 18, 2019

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Who can ever turn down a nice, fluffy, perfectly dense (but not toooo dense) sugar cookies? This recipe is the ULTIMATE, the BEST sugar cookie recipe.  When it comes to sugar cookies – this is totally my go to sugar cookie recipe. I LOVE it.  They are always soft and flakey-  thick or thin, big or small they are perfect.

INGREDIENTS FOR THESE SUGAR COOKIES

  • SUGAR
  • SHORTENING
  • SOUR CREAM
  • BUTTER
  • FLOUR
  • EGG
  • VANILLA, BAKING SODA, POWDER AND SALT
  • NUTMEG

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE SHORTENING?

There are substitutions for the shortening, HOWEVER shortening is used for a specific reason in cookies especially. Shortening in cookies makes the cookies fluffy and flakey. If you substitute it for butter or oil the cookies will be more flat and dense. These are not the most wanted qualities you want for sugar cookies, but you can try substituting it with butter.

HOW TO MAKE THESE SUGAR COOKIES

  • Add room temp butter, shortening, eggs and sugar into a large bowl.
  • Cream it together so its nice a fluffy.
  • Slowly add in your dry ingredients and sour cream while mixing.
  • Form your dough into two bowls and place in fridge for at least 2 hours

WHY IS THERE SOUR CREAM IN SUGAR COOKIES?

The sour cream in these sugar cookies add a delicious flavor but more importantly it makes this cookies ultra moist. SO GOOD.

WHY DO I NEED TO CHILL THE DOUGH?

CHILLING THE DOUGH DOES 2 THINGS

  1. Chilling the dough helps with handling the cookies so they are not too sticky and much more easier to handle- to roll out and transfer to the cookie sheet.
  2. if you want your cutouts to be perfect the cold dough helps them to keep their shape. Even after you have cut them out place them into the freezer for 10 minutes and they will keep their form so much better while cookie.

CAN I USE THIS RECIPE TO MAKE COPCAT SWIG COOKIES!?

YES! I’ve made them as “copycat swig cookies” and everyone “loves them better than swig” !! true story. I love making them this way becuase they’re so easy, fast and the perfect fluffy thickness. Simply take your chilled dough and roll it into 1 inch balls.

  1. Take a glass cup and spray the bottom with cooking spray
  2. dip in granulated sugar
  3. Press down on the ball of dough and slightly twist.
  4. repeat for other cookies.

HOW TO MAKE SUGAR COOKIE CUTOUTS

If you are using this dough to make sugar cookie cutouts here are the steps:

  1. still CHIILL THE DOUGH
  2. flour your surface
  3. roll the dough on to the flour surface keep it at least 1/2 inch thick
  4. cut out your cookies into their shapes using cooking cutters
  5. place on cookie sheet and bake.

BAKING YOUR COOKIES SO THEY’RE NOT OVER COOKED

Don’t Overcook!

Just be careful not to overcook them! right? Isn’t that always the trick with sugar cookies? If you wait till they are golden brown and look like your typical chocolate chip cookie you have  cooked them too long.  So keep an eye on them in the oven and be sure to remove them before they have browned. You want to remove them just when they’re set.

 

FROSTING YOUR SUGAR COOKIES

You can use your favorite frosting with sugar cookies when they have cooled. If you are making basic buttercream frosting try adding a few drops of almond extract for flavor. IT IS THE BOMB!

whipped cream cheese frosting on beater

Here are some fun suggestions for frosting:

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

ROYAL ICING

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MAPLE FROSTING

Add crushed peppermint and peppermint extract for a holiday twist!

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5 from 1 vote
sugar cookies with sprinkles
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 
Perfect, soft, flakey, and chewy sugar cookies. This recipe always comes out perfect whether your cookies are thick or thin.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour + more for surface
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 4+ cups powdered sugar*
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • **3-4 TBS of Evaporated Milk can use milk
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Mix shortening and butter, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly.
  2. Blend in remaining ingredients. Divide dough, cover, and chill for a two hours up to overnight.
  3. FOR "SWIG COOKIES" roll into 1 inch balls. With a glass cup spray with cooking spray dip in granulated sugar and gently press while slowly twisting. Lift slow.

    FOR CUTOUTS: Roll out on floured surface, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It takes some more kneading and rolling to get the dough to a stiff but pliable state.

  4. Cut into desired shapes and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350º F for 6-8 minutes for cut outs. 10-12 for swig style cookies

Frosting
  1. Beat butter on medium speed for and slow add in sugar, vanilla. Turn mixer back to medium speed and add milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

  2. If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar to stiffen back up. Add more milk to thin.
  3. Add food coloring if desired.
Recipe Notes

May be dropped by spoonfuls on cookie sheet and flattened with a glass which has been dipped in sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes for this method.

Nutrition Facts
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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