Soft, sweet, and easy to make these Sugar Cookies are my go-to recipe for a blank cookie-decorating canvas each year. The Buttercream Frosting is another blank canvas recipe that is creamy, buttery, and everything you look for in a frosting for cookies, cakes, or sweet treats.
It’s COOKIE WEEK DAY 4!
Today, I am sharing a recipe for Sugar Cookies I use every single year.
Yesterday evening before Brian got home, I spent my time watching a Christmas movie (for the first time ever I saw While You Were Sleeping) and wrapping up some of our gifts to give.
It was a great way to wind down (the pups were sleeping right beside me) and really think about how excited I am for the holidays and sharing gifts, memories, and traditions.
One of my favorite traditions that my family never fails to do is make and decorate Sugar Cookies on Christmas Eve. As children, we would then leave these freshly baked and decorated cookies out for Santa with a note, glass of milk, and carrot for the reindeer. Even though we don’t leave a note for Santa every year, it’s still a really fun tradition to get together as a family and decorate our cookies.
The method for this recipe is fairly simple.
Cream together the butter and sugar, add the eggs and vanilla. Combine with the dry ingredients and then chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
According to the King Arthur Flour blog, chilling the dough for cookies solidifies the fat, which controls the amount of spreading which helps these cute cut outs maintain the shapes you want them to have. The sugar in the dough gradually absorbs liquid causing the dough to dry out, which helps to concentrate the flavors making these cookies more sweet and buttery.
So, while it may seem like an unnecessary step – make sure to chill the dough!
After chilling the dough, roll the cookies on a lightly floured surface, cut into your favorite shapes and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 6-8 minutes.
Allow them to cool the DECORATE!
So sweet, tender, and absolutely what you are looking for in a Sugar Cookie.
To make the recipe lower in FODMAPs, I used Green Valley Organics lactose-free butter (NOT sponsored, just love the product), an all purpose gluten free flour blend and made sure the rest of the ingredients contain any hidden FODMAPs.
Adjusting the recipe with those ingredients may seem intimidating, but I promise you will not sacrifice a bit of flavor with those adjustments and the entire family will be able to enjoy the cookies 🙂