Sugar cookies have been a long-time favorite of mine. It’s the one cookie we bake for every single holiday whether I’m doing cut-out sugar cookies or soft drop cookies. It was also the very first kind of cookie my mom taught me how to make.
I’m not one to discriminate, I like them crispy, soft, chewy and even raw right out of the mixing bowl. But these soft & chewy version are close to the top of my favorites list. You don’t need to do any dough rolling or cutting either.
Now as to the icing, you’ll notice there’s no recipe listed here for that. It’s because every time I make icing for a cookie I never measure. To make it I simply dump some powdered sugar in a bowl, somewhere between one and two cups, depending on how much icing I need. Then I splash in a bit of vanilla extract, a little goes a long way. Finally, I start pouring in heavy cream (or milk) a tablespoon at a time, stirring between each addition. Do that until it’s the consistency you’re looking for. I like it thin enough to spread with the back of a spoon but thick enough to not run off the side of the cookie. And if I’m looking for a little shine I just add a touch of corn syrup.
- 1 – ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- ¾ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, whisk together four, baking powder and salt until combined.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk butter, sugars, egg and vanilla on medium speed for about 1 minute until creamy.
- Turn mixer to low with the paddle attachment and add flour mixture slowly until combined.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Dust your hands with flour and scoop about 1 – 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball with your hands.
- Place each dough ball onto the cookie sheet and slightly press into a disc with a cup. Don’t press too hard.
- Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown.
- Cool on a wire rack and top with icing and sprinkles.