How to Make Sugar Cookies

I’ve mentioned before I’m not much of a baker.  Never have been.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

In fact, I have hardly any memories at all from my childhood of baking cookies or cakes.  Sure, there was an occasional pumpkin pie here and there or some boxed blueberry muffins, but not much else.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I find this a little sad.  Not that every girl — err, child, rather — needs to grow up baking, but I think it would have been nice.  That’s all.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

So, as Valentine’s Day approached, I had an urge to bake…with my daughter.  I wanted her to experience the joy and accomplishment that can be a part of baking.  I wanted her to be involved.  I wanted her to decorate cookies.  I wanted her to bake.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I figured I’d teach her how to make sugar cookies.  I mean…sugar cookies are like the easiest cookies ever to make, right?  Wrong.  Well, at least for me, that is.  Though a good chewy, moist sugar cookie is one of my favorite types of cookie, I previously had difficulty putting together a recipe that met my standards.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This was not the case, however, when I baked with my daughter.  Everything went well.  Everything tasted great.  Jordan barely made a mess and absolutely LOVED decorating her cookies.  It was an experience I will not soon forget.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Truth be told, I have my mother-in-law to thank for the idea, as she suggested I make some cookies with Jordan for Valentine’s Day.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I also made a delicious almond-scented icing to go on the sugar cookies, mostly so Jordan could decorate with her sprinkles, but also ‘cuz nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like red and pink glazed heart-shaped sugar cookies.  Right?  Well, maybe chocolate.  But, that’s neither here nor there.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

If you’re not sure how to make sugar cookies, please try this recipe.  I’d bet you don’t even need to go to the store to buy anything.  They’re that simple.  And good.  And worth it.

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Make Sugar Cookies, recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Iced Sugar Cookies

For the sugar cookies:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together (using a whisk, electric mixer or stand mixer) the butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat for an additional minute. Slowly add the dry sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients until all is incorporated.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll the dough into two equal balls and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. After refrigerated, roll out each ball, one at a time, to about a 3/16-inch to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters dusted with flour (to avoid sticking). Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the cookies appear to almost turn golden around the edges.  The cookies should look like they aren’t quite done.  Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.

For the icing:

1 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar
2 tsp. milk (may need up to 4 tsp)
2 tsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. almond extract
red food coloring, if desired

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and milk until smooth. Mix in corn syrup and almond extract until smooth and glossy. If too thick, add 1 tsp. milk or corn syrup.  If you’re wanting to make several different colors, separate the icing into separate bowls prior to adding any food coloring. Add drops of food coloring to reach your desired intensity of color.  Spread over completely cooled cookies using a spoon or knife. Let sit until icing is hardened, about 30 minutes to one hour.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

15 comments… add one

  1. Karen M February 14, 2011, 11:25 am

    Yum!! but the pictures of Jordan are even better. She’s such a doll. The facial expressions remind me so much of my granddaughter who is almost 4. I just love watching her and doing fun things with her. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef February 15, 2011, 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Yea, we both had such a blast making the cookies. I love watching how engaged she gets :)

      Reply
  2. maggie February 14, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Glad I found your great site. Love your cookies.
    I love sugar cookies, especially when shaped like hearts.

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  3. Dustin Baier February 19, 2011, 9:32 am

    I love that Jordan got to participate while making these sugar cookies. Her cookies were so cute.

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  4. kathryn May 6, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Awesome stuff

    Reply
  5. Ruth Lindo May 14, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Hi~! I’m just curious hehe I’m planning to bake this on Saturday.. Can you please give me some ideas what to sprinkle to my cookies?? HEHE :D thanks!

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  6. Ruth Lindo May 14, 2011, 11:11 pm

    Oh btw, how many yields can I make with this recipe?? Thanks :)

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  7. amber December 9, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Im am a starter at this kind of stuff but im going to try i think its going to go out well what im going to do is do a Xmas tree ( ist almost chrismas!) and ist going to have sparkles and everything :D .

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  8. Beth January 27, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Made these today for my college son:-) Made two flavors of icing, lemon for pink cookies & almond for red ones. Both are yummy, thank you!

    Reply

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