Perfect Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie

Sugar cookies are a great family recipe. Kids love cutting them into shapes, and you can easily decorate them for any occasion. With Halloween coming up, you can use a variety of cookie cutters to make festive treats for the family- or let the kids do it. These cookies also hold decorating icing well, so kids can get creative with their designs. Soft and delightfully chewy, this is a tried-and-true sugar cookie recipe that's sure to please.


  • One and a half cups of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, baking powder, flour, and salt.
  • Refrigerate for an hour (or overnight, if you can).
  • Spread out a floured surface and roll the dough out. This is where the cookie cutters come in. If your kids want to make fun Halloween shapes, ensure that the dough is relatively flat- larger cookies don't bake as well.
  • Bake the cookies at 400 F for six to eight minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Let cool for half an hour, and then decorate with icing.

Decorating Ideas

It's a simple recipe, but the magic is that you can decorate these cookies in a variety of ways. You always have the option to use cookie cutters, but you can also create other shapes. If you don't have a cookie cutter, you can create them with cardboard: stencil a design on cardboard, cut it out, and lay it over the dough. Then trace around it with a sharp knife.

Some great shapes for Halloween are pumpkins, witches' hats, bats, ghosts, and black cats. You can find a design on the Internet, print it out, and glue it to a piece of cardboard. Then place the cardboard cut-out over the dough and trace the outline. Gently remove the dough and place it on a baking sheet in your desired pattern or shape.

These cookies are also perfect for decorative icing. Kids love drawing on their sugar cookies, and these work well as a template for your little ones' designs. Get a pack of decorative icing in multiple colors and let the kids' imagination go wild. You don't even need cookie cutters for decorating; a regular sugar cookie, in a round shape, works just as well.

If you're not looking to shape the cookies, they still work well as a classy dessert. You can place them in round balls on the cookie sheet for a perfectly round sugar cookie, then add a little chocolate frosting on top. A sprinkle of sea salt gives them a sweet and salty crunch.

If you're hosting a cocktail party or fancy event, you can dress these cookies up with a little dried fruit on top. Or add some homemade blueberry frosting that gives the cookies a distinct flavor. This versatile recipe ensures that you have a sturdy, delicious cookie that's easy to decorate and design.

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