One of my favorite things is the smell of cookies baking on a cold day. It brings back so many memories of when I was little and would help my mom bake cookies while Christmas music played in the background.
My mom usually isn’t particular about ingredients unless she is using vanilla. One thing I do remember about my childhood is that she always had McCormick Vanilla Extract in her cupboard.
When I got older and started cooking myself I realized how much of a difference vanilla made. There is a reason McCormick’s is called America’s favorite vanilla.
I use it because the smell and flavor are better than a generic brand, and it is all natural. It is also the vanilla flavor I grew up with, and no one can beat mom’s baking.
These vanilla cookies are the perfect Christmas treat. They are the softest cookie you will ever make and they taste delicious.
I gave them to the youth at my church and they were gone instantly. Hope you love them as much as we do.
How to make Vanilla Sugar Cookies:
These cookies are so easy to make. The full recipe with ingredient amounts is located at the bottom of this post.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and granulated sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add salt, baking powder and flour. Mix until well combined.
Cover and chill for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Use a glass and flatten each cookie to 1/2 inch in thickness.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, watching carefully to be sure they aren’t overcooked. I like to take mine out before they start turning golden brown.
Let the cookies cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together all frosting ingredients until smooth then spread on top of cookies.
Immediately top with sprinkles before frosting firms up.
Enjoy! This makes 24 cookies, so this recipe is perfect for holiday parties.
could I make this dough ahead of time?
You can always make cookie dough ahead of time. However, I wouldn’t recommend making it more than 24 hours in advance. Cookie dough can dry out really easily in the fridge, so we highly recommend using it soon.
If you do make the cookie dough ahead of time, be sure it is in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly in a bowl covered with plastic wrap to keep all the moisture in.
I would also allow it to sit on your counter 15 minutes before baking, to soften it up.
could i shape these cookies with a cookie cutter?
This dough is extremely soft. It isn’t like your other sugar cookie recipes. It would be really difficult to roll this dough out with a rolling pin.
We wouldn’t recommend it, but if you add a little more flour, to thicken the consistency of the cookie dough, you could roll it out a little easier.
Again, this is not recommended, and the sugar cookies will lose their soft texture and sweet taste.
what could i garnish the cookies with?
My go to garnish for sugar cookies is sprinkles, however, I do have a few other ideas that would taste amazing with these cookies:
- crushed candy canes
- crushed Butterfingers
- crushed Andes mints
- gingersnap cookie crumbles
- mini chocolate chips
- frosting designs
- shredded coconut
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