Custom cookies are my life. Listen cakes are cool and creative and fun, but I LOVE me some sugar cookies. I can remember when I was in culinary school and I was constantly searching for recipes to make my own. The one thing I noticed was sugar cookie recipes are very similar all over the internet. It then became a situation of figuring out what worked BEST for me in Georgia.
One of the things I don’t think every person setting out to bake realizes is the weather has a profound impact on how your baked goods turn out. Seriously! So when it rains or is super humid it certainly takes longer for my royal icing to dry on my cookies. When the air is hot and humid it can cause issues as well.
Now even though I’m going to share this tried and true recipe with you it may or may not work well where you are, so be sure to try a fraction of the recipe first to make sure it works for you!
Now here is the thing, this cookie dough recipe is a process, honey! Like we will make the dough, then chill it, then roll it, then FREEZE it, then bake them for 8-10mins until a nice light golden brown is on the bottom. Yes I’m serious. It really does take all of that if you want your cookies to come out in the shape you cut them in!
Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe from Hou’s Caking by Chef Kimihou
Shortbread Sugar Cookie Recipe for decorating Cookies
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp almond extract (i use imitation to avoid allergies)
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbs baking powder
- Cream Butter and Sugar for 5 mins or until light and fluffy
- Add eggs, vanilla and almond. Whip until fluffy
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt.
Add slowly to the mixer allowing dry ingredients to incorpate fully before adding more.
- Scrape the bowl as needed
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 1-2 hours or until hardended
- Remove from fridge, dust counter with flour if using royal icing for decorating (or powdered sugar if using fondant to cover cookies)
- Roll out dough and cut into shapes
- Place onto cookie sheet OR layer cookies seperated by wax or parchement paper in sheet cake pan.
- Freeze 2-4 hours (stops cookies from spreading)
- Bake at 350 for 5-10 mins depending on your oven. You want a nice light golden brown on the bottom