Just Add Sugar

Feeling like Mother of the Year because I actually went there.

You know where I mean.

The messy land of  hell, also known as:

‘Making and Decorating Cookies With Your Kids’

It wasn’t too bad this year.

Usually I have all sorts of Mary Poppins expectations about it and then halfway through (when it is too late to give up) I want to strangle everyone. So this year I dramatically lowered my expectations and it turned out to be pretty fun.

It also helped that my fabulous friend and neighbor, Casey came over with her little man Brace, to join the fun.

Yes that is a wine glass in the background, helped with the lowered expectations.

These were hands down, the best sugar cookies I have ever eaten. I am not a huge sugar cookie fan to begin with (well except for the fat & sugar laden Lofthouse cookies you can get at the grocery store) but these cookies were absolutely amazing.

Ingredients couldn’t be simpler, butter, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, some baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Make sure you take your butter out of the fridge and let it soften up for a couple hours before you start. Nothing worse than baking with cold butter, except maybe trying to butter your toast with it.

Cream it up with the sugar and then add your eggs & vanilla.

Add your dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir it up.

After your dough is done, make sure you stick it in the fridge for a couple hours, or even until the next day. If you try to roll it out right away it is going to be a big melty mess. The butter needs to harden back up or you will be so frustrated by broken cookies you will want to pull your eyeballs out of your head.

Don’t roll it too thin, unless you like the burnt crispy kind of cookies.

Not a fan of the burnt crispies. I prefer the soft and chewies.

Bake them for 8-9 minutes or just until the edges turn a faint golden brown. I always leave mine on the sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to the cooling rack. That seems to really cut down on the number of broken cookies.

Frost & decorate.

This particular sugar cookie frosting is half crisco and half butter. It stays soft and doesn’t get ‘break your molars’ dried out.

Not sure what to say about this.

Too much sugar, I guess.

Hope you all have a fabulous Easter! Getting crazy busy here. Big egg hunt at the church tonight, then need to spend the rest of the week getting stuff ready for Sunday.

Right now have to go and ‘Walk Away My Pounds’ with Leslie Sansone because I can’t stay away from the cookies……..


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 7-9 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


(I doubled this recipe in order to have enough frosting for the above cookie recipe)

1 lb confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup softened butter
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use the white mexican vanilla if you don’t want the faint brown tint to your frosting. You could also omit it entirely if you wish)
food coloring/optional

In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners’ sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.


About Janice

I am 40 years old. Loving life and (finally) being a grown up. I have 3 great kids that sometimes make me want to drink copious amounts of wine. I have been married to my amazing husband since 2001. I have more great girlfriends than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Join me in this adventure that is my life.
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2 Responses to Just Add Sugar

  1. Pauline Zifko says:

    kudos to you…i always get those “earth mother” fantasies of making cut out cookies and somewhere between creaming the butter and rolling out the dough, reality sets back in and i shudder at what i have taken on…xo

  2. anickH says:

    Those look like they really are the “best sugar cookies ever” recipe looks really similar to sprinklebakes sugar cookie recipe. or the one from melskitchencafe

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