March 22, 2012

Sugar, Sugar

I found a set of cookie cutters that will be perfect for making cookies for Easter lunch next month. But I thought I’d give them a trial run this weekend when I am bringing cookies to a party. The shapes are a lamb, a dove, a sheep, a cat, a pig, a duck  and a lion(?). But, I don’t have a good go-to rolled sugar cookie recipe. I looked at the one on Martha Stewart, thinking she’s as reliable as I am going to get, but her recipe got bad reviews and only made 10 cookies. MSL CookiesSo, I am asking for your go-to, no-fail, delicious sugar cookie recipe. Are you willing to share it with me and everyone else?


  1. The following recipe from Bon Appetit is delicious. Reviews will say that it's very soft, but I always make the dough in advance and roll it out when it's well chilled.

  2. Geez, I forgot the link.

  3. That cape is hilarious. In the designers attempt to be "different" he achieved the " ridiculous"!

    Don't have a recipe unfortunately. Try Elizabeth at Pine Cones and Acorns. She is a baking guru!

    I will email you, John in A&E this week.

  4. I've had good luck with "Mary's Sugar Cookies" from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book.

  5. I didn't have a recipe and am going to try out the one your first commenter recommended. Last year I bought some fabulous sugar cookies from a friend who was doing a fundraiser and I begged her for the recipe! She would not share it, saying it was a family secret! I pouted but enjoyed every single morsel of them. Hope this one is as good and that yours turn out very well.

  6. why not gingerbread cookies-- it seems a decent sugar cookie is so elusive-- is a crunchy cookie you want or a soft cookie? Bags of sugar often have a sugar recipe, how often are recipes on the product be it noodles or sugar how often are they winners?

  7. Hello!

    I have to best sugar cookie recipe, and it is the one recommended above, Mary's Sugar cookie recipe from Betty Crocker. The one change I make is, if it asks for baking powder I use soda or vice versa.

    I made them in December and they are on my blog. I will get the link and come back.

    Hope you have a great day!

    Elizabeth @ pineconesandacrons

  8. You'd be justifiably frightened to actually eat any recipe I'd offer, so allow me to say good luck and please take photos of your cookies for us.

  9. Hi Meg, The lion fits right in--it references the biblical passage of when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together--just that we usually think of rabbits and chickens. Good luck with the cookies. Mary

  10. Coming back to see more recipe ideas.

    Actually that outfit could be a key ingredient in an Anne Tyler book.

  11. From Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 1976. I haven't made them in years, but they were popular when I did:

    2/3 cup unsalted butter
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp real vanilla
    1 egg
    4 teaspoons milk
    2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Bake at 375 degrees

    Thoroughly cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add egg and milk; beat till light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

    On lightly floured surface, roll of 1/8 inch thickness (chill other half till ready to use). Cut in desired shapes with cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly; remove. Makes about 3 dozen.

    I have also made Martha's version with the touch of brandy and I've always liked her chocolate pepper cutout cookies for a rich taste. I had used the recipes from her older magazine editions.

  12. A recipe that only makes 10 cookies! Crikey, there'd be nothing left after everyone took a scoop of the dough whilst i had my back turned.

    So which recipe did you use and how did they turn out?



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