Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe – Royal Icing Recipe Included

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Are you a sugar cookie lover? Well, our easy sugar cookie recipe will make you fall in love with them even more! Made with everyday ingredients easily available in your kitchen and just 15 minutes prep time. Rich buttery vanilla flavour, soft centres and crisp edges, this is the easiest recipe ever!

Tried our sugar cookie and royal icing recipe? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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Why do We call It Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe? What’s Easy In A Sugar Cookie?

Well for starters how does a minimal chill time sound? With the easiest everyday ingredients, 15 minutes prep and the shortest baking time. This easy sugar cookie recipe will amaze you and your guests. Perfect for any occasion, be it Christmas or a gift for your valentine. also, this easy sugar cookie recipe our go-to whenever the kids want an alternative to chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies.

The cookie turnout is out of this world with soft thick centres, slight crisp on the edges and an overload of buttery vanilla flavour. What more could you ask for? Here’s a bonus these cookies stay soft and fresh for DAYS! Plus

This easy sugar cookie recipe yields cookies that freeze beautifully and maintain shape even after they have been thawed! The cookies have a perfectly flat surface to help with all your decorations!

Included is an easy royal icing recipe, but you can use any icing or frosting that you love and prefer!

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Ingredients You’ll Need For Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

For Sugar Cookie Dough

For Royal Icing

Tools You’ll Need

easy sugar cookie recipe

How To Make The Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Whisk and combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set this mix aside.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together at high speeds using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. It will take 2-3 minutes. Next add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract (optional) and beat on high speed until combined, for about 1-1.5 minute.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a bench scraper and beat again to combine thoroughly. Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on a low setting until they are combined. The dough will be soft and easily roll-able.

If the dough seems a bit soft and sticky for rolling, add 1 more Tablespoon of flour and mix again. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Place each portion onto a piece of lightly floured parchment paper.

Then with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use more flour if the dough is sticky. The rolled-out dough can be any shape, it just needs to be 1/4-inch thick.

Dust one of the rolled-out dough with flour. Place a piece of parchment on top. Place the 2nd piece of rolled-out dough on top. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminium foil, then refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours but no more than 2 days.

Once it’s chilled and ready to bake preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the top dough piece with care. Run your hand under it to remove it completely.

Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat these steps with 2nd piece of dough.  Next, arrange cookies on baking sheets with at least 3-inch gaps. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes or until the edges turn light brown.

Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-6 minutes under a fan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Decorate the cooled cookies with royal icing, the recipe is continued below. No need to cover the decorated cookies while waiting for the icing to set.

Enjoy the easy sugar cookie recipe and the yummy cookies. sugar cookies

How To Make Royal Icing

In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat all of the icing ingredients together except water on high speed. Add water to this one tablespoon at a time until your desired thickness is achieved.

Beat the mixture for 1.5 – 2 minutes. The icing should drizzle down and smooth out within 7-10 seconds when you lift the whisk.

If the icing is still too thick, add a little more water. (Again one tablespoon at a time). If it’s too thin, add a little more sifted confectioners’ sugar. This will fix it right up.

This royal icing completely dries in about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. If you’re layering royal icing onto cookies for specific designs. Place cookies in the refrigerator to help speed up the cooling process.

Flavoured Royal Icing

While adding water to the sugar mixture add 1/2 teaspoon of your favourite flavoured extract, such as lemon, orange, maple, peppermint, etc. Taste once after the icing is done, then beat in more if desired. You can use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to add a vanilla flavour.

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Tips For Best Outcomes For Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cutting Your Sugar Cookies:

Above all, try your best not to waste any cookie dough, therefore cut your cookies as close as possible. For instance, we usually try leaving an inch gap between two cookies while cutting them to minimize the waste as much as we can. Similarly, instead of disposing of the leftover dough, re-roll it as we do! Always remember to try cutting out the most amount of cookies as you can because you will be adding flour while re-rolling your cookies. Too much flour will ruin the taste and texture, so try cutting out as much as you can!

Try Baking Consistent Cookies:

When it comes to baking, everything seems to go well if the items are made identical. So try cutting identical cookies because if you cut a few short ones, they will burn at the same temperature at which the larger ones will be baking perfectly. And as we hate wasting food, we want everything to be perfect and consumable.

Thinner Cookies?

No rocket science in doing this! Roll your dough thinner than normal. And to make thin and crisp cookies, just keep an eye for the edges of your cookies to turn golden, and just pull them out of the oven! There you have it!

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Thick Cookies?

Do the exact opposite, roll your dough thicker than normal, cut the cookies out and bake them until golden. Let them cool down for the perfect texture, and your oral health because they’re going to be HOT!

Icing:

Making sugar cookie icing is pretty easy because you have the chance to save it if you mess up. If you make it too thick, add more milk! Moreover, if you make it too thin, add powdered sugar until the right texture.

Get It Right!

Sugar cookies are not difficult to make and our Easy sugar cookie recipe is the best there is. The only thing about all our recipes is that you need to follow them exactly as we convey them to you.

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Storing And Make Ahead Tips

How To Store The Cookies From Our Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe?

When it comes to storing sugar cookies, it is a fairly simple task to do. Simply place your sugar cookies in an airtight container or a plastic bag that seals up good. Place the container or bag of cookies in the freezer and blast freeze them for about 2 hours.

Whenever you feel like eating or serving them pull them out of the freezer and thaw them at room temperature. Stored sugar cookies have an extended life of about 3-4 months easily, so just remember not to heat them or microwave them because adding heat can make them soggy.

How To Store Your Sugar Cookie Dough?

Storing sugar cookie dough is as simple as storing the baked sugar cookies. Make sure you place the dough in an airtight container and blast freeze it. As blast freezing, it will prevent the dough from going bad and helps preserve it well.

Place it in the freezer, and you will be good to go for about 2 months! Thaw in room temperature to use again.

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FAQ’S Regarding Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

My Dough Is Crumbly/Sticky.

Handling sugar cookie dough is not stressful because you can fix it if you mess it up. You need to get your hands properly for kneading the dough and do not hesitate about adding more flour.

Keep adding flour and kneading your dough if it’s too sticky.  And wet your hands extra to prevent it from becoming crumby. Make a smooth ball out of your sugar cookie dough.

My Cookies Seem Under Done, Can I Bake Them A Little More?

According to our estimates, sugar cookies that are cut with big cutters take around 8-10 minutes to bake perfectly. Make sure you have preheated your oven before baking as it prevents any underdone cookies.

Small sugar cookies take around 4-6 minutes to bake properly. Hence, keep our estimates in mind and don’t worry!

Can My Sugar Cookies Be Gluten-Free?

Yes! Of course, they can be gluten-free, simply replace the regular flour that you’ll be using with flour that you prefer is a better gluten-free option!

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Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe – Royal Icing Recipe Included

Are you a sugar cookie lover? Well, our easy sugar cookie recipe will make you fall in love with them even more! Made with everyday ingredients easily available in your kitchen and just 15 minutes prep time. Rich buttery vanilla flavour, soft centres and crisp edges, this is the easiest recipe ever!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy sugar cookie recipe, recipe, sugar cookie
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 107kcal
Author Hearty Cook Book

Equipment

  • A large mixing bowl
  • A wooden spoon       
  • An electric beater / stand mixer
  • A large cookie scoop
  • Baking sheet pans
  • Rolling pin and cookie cutters

Ingredients

For Sugar Cookie Dough

For Royal Icing

Instructions

For Cookie Dough

  • Whisk and combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set this mix aside.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together at high speeds using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. It will take 2-3 minutes.
  • Next add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract (optional) and beat on high speed until combined, for about 1-1.5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a bench scraper and beat again to combine thoroughly.
  • Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on a low setting until they are combined. The dough will be soft and easily roll-able. If the dough seems a bit soft and sticky for rolling, add 1 more Tablespoon of flour and mix again.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Place each portion onto a piece of lightly floured parchment paper.
  • Then with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use more flour if the dough is sticky. The rolled-out dough can be any shape, it just needs to be 1/4-inch thick.
  • Dust one of the rolled-out dough with flour. Place a piece of parchment on top. Place the 2nd piece of rolled-out dough on top. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminium foil, then refrigerate for at least 1-2hours but no more than 2 days.
  • Once it’s chilled and ready to bake preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the top dough piece with care. Run your hand under it to remove it completely.
  • Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used. Repeat these steps with 2nd piece of dough.
  • Arrange cookies on baking sheets with at least3-inch gaps. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes or until the edges turn light brown.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-6 minutes under a fan and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For Royal Icing

  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat all of the icing ingredients together except water on high speed. Add water to this one tablespoon at a time until your desired thickness is achieved.
  • Beat the mixture for 1.5 – 2 minutes. The icing should drizzle down and smooth out within 7-10 seconds when you lift the whisk.
  • If the icing is still too thick, add a little more water. (Again one tablespoon at a time). If it’s too thin, add a little more sifted confectioners’ sugar. This will fix it right up.
  • This royal icing completely dries in about 2 hours when kept at room temperature. If you’re layering royal icing onto cookies for specific designs. Place cookies in the refrigerator to help speed up the cooling process.

Add Flavour To Your Icing

  • While adding water to the sugar mixture add 1/2teaspoon of your favourite flavoured extract, such as lemon, orange, maple, peppermint, etc. Taste once after the icing is done, then beat in more if desired. You can use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to add a vanilla flavour.

Notes

Tips For Best Outcomes For Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • Cutting Your Sugar Cookies: Try your best not to waste any cookie dough, so cut your cookies as close as possible. We usually try leaving an inch gap between two cookies while cutting them to minimize the waste as much as we can. And instead of disposing of the leftover dough, re-roll it as we do! Just remember, try cutting out the most amount of cookies as you can because you will be adding flour while re-rolling your cookies. Too much flour will ruin the taste and texture, so try cutting out as much as you can!
  • Try Baking Consistent Cookies: When it comes to baking, everything seems to go well if the items are made identical. So try cutting identical cookies because if you cut a few short ones, they will burn at the same temperature at which the larger ones will be baking perfectly. And as we hate wasting food, we want everything to be perfect and consumable.
  • Thinner Cookies? No rocket science in doing this! Roll your dough thinner than normal. And to make thin and crisp cookies, just keep an eye for the edges of your cookies to turn golden, and just pull them out of the oven! There you have it!
  • Thick Cookies? Do the exact opposite, roll your dough thicker than normal, cut the cookies out and bake them until golden. Let them cool down for the perfect texture, and your oral health because they're going to be HOT!
  • Icing: Making sugar cookie icing is pretty easy because you have the chance to save it if you mess up. If you make it too thick, add more milk! And if you make it too thin, add powdered sugar until the right texture.
  • Get It Right! Sugar cookies are not difficult to make and our Easy sugar cookie recipe is the best there is. The only thing about all our recipes is that you need to follow them exactly as we convey them to you.

 

Storing And Make Ahead Tips

How To Store The Cookies From Our Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe?
When it comes to storing sugar cookies, it is a fairly simple task to do. Simply place your sugar cookies in an airtight container or a plastic bag that seals up good. Place the container or bag of cookies in the freezer and blast freeze them for about 2 hours.
Whenever you feel like eating or serving them, pull them out of the freezer and thaw them at room temperature. Stored sugar cookies have an extended life of about 3-4 months easily. Do not heat them or microwave them, adding heat can make them soggy.
How To Store Your Sugar Cookie Dough?
Storing sugar cookie dough is as simple as storing the baked sugar cookies. Make sure you place the dough in an airtight container and blast freeze it. Blast freezing will prevent the dough from going bad and will preserve it as well.
Place it in the freezer, and you will be good to go for about 2 months! Thaw in room temperature to use again.

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Calories: 107cal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just had a small family gathering and these rocked the show, I’ll make sure to try the other recipes as well!!

    • We love using almond extract, for a change of flavour you can use 1 teaspoon maple extract, lemon extract, peppermint extract or even coconut extract! Or skip the extracts and add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice

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