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Try “The Best” Sugar Cookies ever!

On Dec 16, 2015, in Home Decor, by urbandazzle

Recipe UD


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 recipe Royal Icing (optional)

  • Small decorative candies (optional)

Royal Icing:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 – 4 tablespoons water

  • Assorted colors paste food coloring (optional)


  • In a large bowl, beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

  • Add sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  • Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

  • Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined.

  • Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.

  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  • Divide dough in half. Cover; chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.

  • Using 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes.

  • Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown.

  • Transfer to wire racks and let it cool.

  • If desired, frost with Royal icing and/or decorate with decorative candies.


Line cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper to prevent sticking and for easier cleanup.

Royal Icing:

  • In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar.

  • Add 1/2 cup of water and vanilla.

  • Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff.

  • Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make an icing of spreading consistency.

  • If desired, divide icing into individual bowls and tint with paste food coloring.


Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

To Store:

Layer uniced cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container and cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days. If desired, ice and decorate before serving.