My all time favorite, perfect homemade sugar cookies recipe for decorated cookies.
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Perfect Homemade Sugar Cookies
This sugar cookies recipe is the only recipe I used
when making decorated cookies.
It never fails me every single time and has the best texture
for decorated cookies – rich butter taste without being overly greasy and
sweet and holds it shape so perfectly.
The thing I like most about these cookies is that they don’t lose their shape when baking. One thing you will notice in this cookie recipe is that I do not use any raising agents - these is no baking powder or baking soda. And the intention is to make sure the cookies do not rise. If they do, they will lose their original shape and so I prefer not to use any raising agents in my recipe. And because of this, this recipe is perfect for making decorated cookies, in the sense that whatever size dough I put on my baking tray before it goes into the oven comes out perfectly baked in the exact same size I put it in. This really helps especially when I decorate my cookies with fondant and use the same cutter for cutting the cookie dough and the fondant. I am always able to get well aligned sizes of the cookies and the fondant cut outs without major adjustments and that really saves me a lot of time!
Here are a couple of notes about these sugar cookies:
This recipe is for vanilla flavored sugar
cookies. You can use the same recipe to create different flavored cookies. See
the notes at the recipe section below on how to adjust the recipe for lemon, chocolate,
orange and coffee flavored cookies.
The dough refrigerates well, not only after mixing,
but also after rolling and cutting. The last time I made these cookies, I refrigerated
the dough for one day. The next day, I rolled and cut the cookies out, placed
them on a baking tray and only baked them 4 days later. The results, absolutely
To make sure the cookies don’t lose their shape,
place the cut out cookies onto a baking tray and refrigerate them until they
are firm, before popping them into the oven to bake. That way, the baked
cookies will come out baked in the exact shape you put them in.
To ensure you can uniform thickness for all your cookies, place dowel rods on either side of the dough and roll it with the rolling pin resting on the sticks on either side of the rolling pin. That way, the thickness of the rolled dough will be uniform all over and so would your cookies, after cutting them out.
Here is the full, printable version of my homemade sugar cookies recipe:
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