I’ve said it before – but one of the secrets to having your recipes turn out is to use quality ingredients. I used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flour for my cookies and they were flakey, chewy, and delicious. When you skimp on your ingredients you skimp on the recipe. I love that Bob’s Red Mill products are simple and made with premium ingredients. You’re really giving a gift to those you love when you make food using really good ingredients.
Chill Your Dough
If you want perfect sugar cookie cutouts, you need to chill your dough. Don’t skimp on this step. Chilled dough will make your shapes sharp and will make it much easier to roll out and transfer to a baking sheet.
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 probably cooked them too long. So keep an eye on them in the oven and be sure to remove them before they have browned.
This year I added some letter cookie cutters to my collection and we had fun spelling out some holiday sentiments. Of course we made the classic bells, stars, and trees – but if you want to mix it up, try letter cut outs!
Another pro tip is to skip the grocery story food dyes and use food coloring gel. They are so much easier to use and they produce a vibrant color. I ordered mine on amazon and I will never go back!
- 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
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter if you melt in microwave be SO careful. you easily risk getting it too runny, which will ruin your frosting.
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 4 cups half a bag powdered sugar*
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- **3-4 TBS of Evaporated Milk can use milk
- Mix shortening and butter, sugar, egg and vanilla thoroughly.
- Blend in remaining ingredients. Divide dough, cover, and chill for a two hours up to overnight.
- Roll out on floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick. It takes some more kneading and rolling to get the dough to a stiff but pliable state.
- Cut into desired shapes and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in pre-heated oven at 350º F for 6-8 minutes (the edges will be just turning golden).
- Beat butter and shortening together on medium speed until well combined. Turn down your mixer to slowest speed and slowly add sugar, vanilla. Turn mixer back to medium speed and add milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar to stiffen back up. Add more milk to thin.
- Add food coloring if desired.
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.