Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Heirloom Sugar Cookie Recipe

After trying out countless sugar cookie recipes, I have very happily settled with this one, 'til death do us part.

This is one of those recipes I have kept secret for years - with the intentions of passing it down to only my children when the right time comes around.

But that's just stingy...  & I've been feeling so thankful for the support I've had this past year.  {We're coming up on one year since I started Hayseed Homemakin'!}

So I'm letting go...  & passing it along to all of you, in appreciation.

Here it goes:

1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
{I add a splash of milk if the dough seems too dry to roll out.}

Mix pudding mix, butter & sugar.  Add in egg & vanilla.  Mix flour & baking powder in a seperate bowl.  Slowly combine the mixtures.
I roll out my cookies {& all other doughs} on a Bethany pastry board- the best thing that ever happened to my pie crusts & cookies.  For cut-out cookies, like these, I want my dough to roll out at a consistent thickness... so I use an adjustable rolling pin.  Using cookie cutters, cut out your cookies & place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

Bake these cookies @ 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes, depending on your oven {I don't let them turn gold at all...} They are the best when they are chewy!  They may seem like they're not done baking, but, after they are completely cool, they stiffen up!

A quick tip: I dust my pastry board {& the ball of dough} with mixture of flour & SUGAR before I roll the dough out.   

The icing recipe:
3 c. powdered sugar.
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 oz softened cream cheese
A little milk {small splashes until you've reached desired consistency.}

I hope you enjoy these as much as we have throughout the years... They are my go-to cut out cookies & I use them for almost EVERY holiday.

Thanks again for all of the support, I truly appreciate each & every one of you :)


  1. I never have luck with sugar cookies! I am going to have to try this recipe - thaks for sharing.

  2. sweet! i need a new recipe...or maybe you can help me with mine. the cookies puff up and don't look like the shapes they are supposed to be anymore.:( should i throw the dough in the fridge for a bit?!
    p.s. your apple icing is FABULOUS!!!