Decorating homemade sugar cookies is something I love to do every year around the Holidays. Rolling and cutting the cookies into fun shapes and then decorating them with all manner of sugar is something everyone in the family enjoys, and it’s fun to get everyone around the table together! This year we invited friends and their kids over to decorate. It wasn’t too hard to throw together the decorations, and with a few extra hands in the kitchen, baking and decorating cookies for yourself and your neighbors can be quick and fun!
This is a great recipe for a crowd, as it bakes anywhere from 4-5 dozen regular sized cookies. The cookies are firm but not too hard and super delicious, especially if you throw a little orange zest into the dough. These received rave reviews from kids and adults alike, so please spread the Holiday cheer, and cook these up for some good times with your friends and family!
Cookie Cutter Sugar Cookie Recipe
- 1 ½ Cups Butter (room temperature)
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 5 Cups Flour
- 2 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Salt
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until thoroughly combined and smooth.
- In a separate bowl, Combine flour, baking powder and salt, and mix together. Then gradually pour those dry ingredients into the wet mixture above at a very slow speed –being careful not to spray or spill.
- Cover dough and chill for at least an hour in refrigerator or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Roll out dough on thoroughly floured surface ¼ to ½” thick. Cut with any cookie cutters you desire. Place cookies at least 1” apart on ungreased cookie sheets (using parchment paper on cookie sheets is best).
- Bake 6-7 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before decorating with frosting.
If you want to really make things easy, make the dough in the morning, bake all the cookies in the evening, and have a decorating party the next day!
These cookies will keep for a few days on the counter.
Since I had so many little ones over, we set up a small table with disposable table cloth, and all of their decorating needs in the kitchen. That way the mess was somewhat contained to one area, and they could go to town for hours without interruption!
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