Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and because Clyde loved to decorate cookies so much over Christmas, I figured I would bring out an old favorite sugar cookie recipe and he could help me decorate for Valentine’s Day. Let’s be super honest here when baking or cooking with kids in the kitchen…does he make a bigger mess than necessary? Yep. Does he dump all of the sprinkles everywhere? Absolutely. Does he eat more cookies than I would typically allow? Um yes. But you know what else…it’s a really fun treat for him to help me in the kitchen and it’s another memory made together. So yea, I’ll take the messes & the sugar highs I guess. 🙂
This sugar cookie recipe is one to save, trust! I’ve used this for Christmas and many other holidays and its always a hit. The cookies are delicious, and they’re easy to work with rolling and decorating. Win Win.
Here’s something I’ve picked up along the way when making sugar cookies…when rolling out the dough to use your cookie cutters & decorations, use powdered sugar on your surface rather than more flour. For whatever reason, it works better this way and as an added bonus, there’s more sugar.
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- Powdered Sugar (for rolling out dough)
- Whisk together flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
- In a mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg & milk.
- Gradually add in flour mixture until dough forms and the sides of the bowl are clean.
- Divide dough into smaller balls (I usually divide in half), wrap in wax paper and place in the fridge for 2 hours or more.
- Once ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 375.
- On a clean surface, lightly sprinkle powdered sugar and using a rolling pin, roll out dough to desired thickness (roughly 1/4 inch thick is suggested). Using a cookie cutter, make desired shapes (I used hearts for V-Day).
- Decorate using sprinkles & toppings.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly golden & Enjoy!
- Additional Note: if not using icing, bake with sprinkles directly on the cookies. If using icing, now is the time to decorate 🙂