Lola’s Kitchen: Sugar Cookies Recipe

June 5, 2015 Lola's Kitchen 20

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Okay so by now you all probably realize how much I love cookies, I even made a seperate tag just for cookies, because cookies are awesome. I love eating cookies, but I also love making them. One day I was lookign for a cookie recipe that didn’t have to cool first because my fridge was super full. And I wanted the type of cookie my mom used to make with us when we’re little, where you rolled out the dough and used cookie cutters as I knew my sister was going to gift me Miffy cookie cutters for christmas and I wnated to have tried the recipe once before that. On pinterest I came across what was titled the best sugar cookie recipe and it said no chilling required. It was exactly what I was looking for and since then I made this and have tried a few variations as well, as these are such simple cookies, you can basically add everything to them. It’s a simple recipe that doens’t reguire too many ingredients and most of these I usually have in house so I can make these whenever I want. These cookies are not only delicious, they also look beautifull.
This recipe is based on Best Sugar Cookie Recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen.
Close up sugar cookies

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies ingredients

  • Butter – 240 gram/ 1 cup
  • White Sugar – 201 gram/ 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond Extract – 1/2 teaspoon(optional)
  • Egg – 1
  • Baking Powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Flour – 381 gram/ 3 cups
  • Cookie Cutters or a glass
  • Some extra flour for powdering the rolling pin and the work place


Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius/ 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. In a big bowl mix the butter and sugar until well combined. You can either use a mixer or kneed the dough with your hands.
  3. Add the egg and the extracts.
  4. Add the flour.
  5. Sprinkle some flour on your work space and divide the dough in batches. I usually divide in about four batches. Put the first batch on your work place and roll it flat with a rolling pin.
  6. Now use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies or a glass upside down.
  7. Put the cookies on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and once thewhole sheet is filled put them in the oven.
  8. Bake for around 8 minutes or slightly longer if the cookies aren’t brown yet. When they are slightly brown around the edges get them out.
  9. Make the other batches until all cookies are made.

Pictures

Butter, slice it in small pieces so it’s easier to kneed through the dough

Butter

Add the sugar and the extracts

Add the sugar

Here’s what the dough looks like when the butter, sugar and extracts are mixed

Butter, sugar and extracts

Add the egg and the flour

Add egg and flour

You should be able to kneed the dough into a ball shape. Add a bit water if too dry.

The Dough

Prepare the work field and rolling pin with some flour

Prepare the work field

Roll the dough till it’s flat

Rolling the dough

Cutting the cookies

Cutting the cookies

Unbaked sugar cookies lining the baking sheet

Unbaked sugar cookies

Baked sugar cookies lining the baking sheet

Sugar cookies

Variation Tips

Variation ingredients

  • Cinnamon Cookies Mix some cinnamon trough the dough. Add enough cinnamon so you can see the swirls through the dough and it’s hard to mix any more through it.
  • Coconut Cookies Mix some coconut trough the dough. Add a lot of coconut to the dough as else you don’t taste it that well. Just like with the cinnamon keep adding coconut until it’s difficult to mix any more through the dough.
  • Cashew Nut Cookies With a blender blend cashew nuts until they are very small. Then mix the pieces through the dough.
  • Cashew nuts

  • Decorated Cookies Mix some powdered sugar with water and add on top of the cookies, you can also add food coluring to the frosting. On top of the frosting you can add even more decorations.
  • Dark Cookies Instead of white sugar add dark brown sugar to the dough to make the cookies darker. Don’t combine this with the chocolate or cinnamon option as it will be difficult to see if you added enough of them to the dough. Can be combined with the other variaties.
  • Chocolate Cookies Mix some unsweetened cacao powder trough the dough.
  • Chocolate Sugar Cookies

You can also mix most of these options, like cinnamon chocolate cookies or chocolate cashew nut cookies. The dark cookies in the picture are actually cinnamon chocolate cookies. I often divide the flour in four pieces so I can try multiple variations. I tried making them with little chocolate chips once and while they tasted good, it was difficult to make because when rolling the dough all those chocolate chips didn’t roll as well. So I would recommend against putting large pieces in it.

What variation tip do you like best? Or share one of your variations tips with me!

20 Responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Sugar Cookies Recipe”

    • Lola

      I like the dough doesn’t need to be chilled with this recipe, the dough itself is eays to make, even though it usually still takes me about two hours to make all the batches and because I want to try different variations. I usually use whatever sugar I have, although nowadays I try to make sure to have white, light brown and dark brown sugar as I like each one for different recipes.

    • Lola

      Oh I would be so sad if my oven broke as I love baking and try to make time to bake at least once or twice a week, I can’t live without cookies. I hope you can get a new over or get this one fixed soon!
      I can definitely understand skipping the cookie cutter part, that’s what takes the most time and it definitely speeds up the process if you skip it.
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  1. Lanie

    I love your cookie cutters, they’re freakin adorable!! I like you, love cookies, omnomnomnom. My favorite varation of the sugar cookie is when you add dried fruits and nuts. I love dried fruits, really adds something to the cookie. Thanks for the recipe Lola:D!
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    • Lola

      I got the cookie cutters from my sister last christmas and I love them! I especially like how you can also give them a face and it’s not only the shape itself. Although they do make small cookies, that’s only reason to eat more of them, nom! I don’t think I have ever tried adding dried fruits to my cookies, I can be a bit picky when it comes to fruits and how I like them, but I’ll have to give that a try once!

    • Lola

      I like Miffy, she’s so cute. We had a lot of books from Miffy when we were kids. I never watched the cartoon though. My favourite tea mug is also with Miffy on it. I also have a pluche miffy, which makes sound when you move it, like a rattle.
      It’s better to not check out food related posts when you are already hungry indeed. Although my own recipe posts always make me hungry as well. Even though I made cookies yesterday I now want to make these again.
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    • Lola

      I actually prefer them without icing strangely enough. Although it is fun to decorate them! Here in the Netherlands decorating cookies isn’t associated with christmas, so I always find it interesting to hear how many people in the US do that.
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    • Lola

      I never tried them myself until a few months ago when I got this cookie cutter for christmas, then I just had to find a sugar cookie recipe to give them a try. I love this cookie cutter.

  2. Berls

    Oh I like the sounds of the cinnamon variation! Its been such a long time since I made cookies – probably because I’m ALWAYS on a diet – but I’m seriously tempted to try thsee out.
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    • Lola

      I also like the cinnamon variation, although I think the nut variation might be my favourite. It depends a bit on what I am in the mood for. I hope you give them a try!

    • Lola

      Let me know if you give them a try! I really like this sugar cookie recipe as the dough doesn’t need to be chilled, I hate cookie recipes where I have to cool the dough. And as these cookies are so neutral, you can really add everything you want to them, it’s fun to experiment with different flavours :).

    • Lola

      You can use an upside down glas as a cookie cutter. I haven’t tried the cookies with brown sugar yet, will have to do that next time. I am really happy with this cookie cutter, it was a christmas present from my sister and the whole reason I wanted to make sugar cookies.

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