Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Best Sugar Cookies

I found this online and I am sorry to say I just copy/pasted it so I cannot give credit to the genius baker who created this recipe. It was hands down the very best cut-out sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried. And I've tried dozens over the years. But you should also know that it makes a massive amount. Which was perfect for my needs. But if you don't need to bake a million cookies, you could always freeze batches to save for later.


* 3 cups butter, softened at room temperature for at least an hour
* 3 cups sugar
* 3 eggs
* 6 ounces cream cheese (3/4 of a standard cream cheese package)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon almond extract
* 2 teaspoons lemon zest
* 9 cups flour
* 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and add the sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until golden. Add the cream cheese and again beat until well incorporated. Add the flavorings and lemon zest.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, then add, bit by bit to the butter/sugar mixture. You need to use a large bowl for this recipe. Mine was about overflowing from my mixer!

Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour - preferably overnight.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Divide the dough into smaller balls and roll out 1/4 thickness. Cut out cookies.

Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness.

Let completely cool before icing or decorating. Store in a tightly covered container. Makes between 8 and 12 dozen.

Royal Icing:

* 4 cups confectioners' sugar
* 3 tablespoons meringue powder
* 1/2 teaspoon extract (vanilla, lemon or almond)
* 1/2 - 3/4 c. warm water

I made these the Sunday of Memorial Day and they sat in baggies on the kitchen counter for two days before I thought to put them in the fridge. There they sat until I loaded them up to travel to Florida. Then they sat next to me in the airport for 1.5 days and in a home for 2 more days. They still taste amazing today. So my point is that they keep really really well!!


Seersucker Scrapper said...

Thanks for the recipe! I am always looking for a great cut out cookie recipe. Can't wait to try it!

QueenBeeSwain said...

thank you for sharing- good sugar cookies are a lot harder than one would think- plus those pickle-shaped ones are just too darn cute :)


c said...

oh yay! I've been wanting to get into royal icing/decorating cookies!

Preppy from Bay said...

Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I'm into baking cupcakes but always wanted to know a good cookie recipe with royal icing. Will make some this weekend for my in-laws up from TX.

Miss Sweet Tea said...

Thanks for the recipe!! I'm going to try it VERY soon!

What Kate Wore said...

Thank you Miss PPC, we are *always* looking for a better sugar cookie recipe!

Needs Help said...

I was planning on making some sugar cookies soon, I'm going to try this recipie!

preppyinnewengland said...

Agreed. The right sugar cookie recipe is a hard one to find. Might try this one over the summer!
Thanks for sharing!

Summer Wind said...

Great recipe! I can't wait to try it out. Although I'm not the greatest baker, I'm always willing to try!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

Yay, thank you! can't wait to try this!

Petunia said...

YUM! I wonder if I can just cut the recipe in half??

Hopsy said...

I love making cutouts so I must try this recipe. Your cookies were so cute. I love the color of frosting you made!


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