By Kittencalskitchen on October 28, 2007
Photo by AZ Meg
Photo by AZ Meg
"You will not find a better sugar cookie anywhere you search, this will most likely be the only sugar cookie you will use, not only are these cookies buttery delicious, the dough is an absolute dream to work with, it rolls out easily and is easy to handle, also the cookies hold their shape when baked something many sugar cookies do not do --- make as many different colors as desired in separate bowls with the icing, the cookies must be completely cooled before icing --- plan ahead the dough must be chilled for at least 2 hours before rolling -- since these are topped with icing they are not a sweet cookie if you want a sweeter taste then increase the sugar amount"
Serving Size: 1 (30 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 35
"I too was set to try a different recipe when I came across this one. This dough is fabulous to work with. The flavor is buttery without being too rich or sweet - the perfect foil for the icing. Mine actually baked up perfectly with a little crunch on the outside while the inside was softer. I subbed all vanilla as I am not a fan of almond flavoring. The cookies did not spread much at all. I did chill my dough well in addition to cooling my cookie sheet down between batches. The icing was just what I needed as I didn't really want to make a batch of royal icing. Instead of spreading it on with a spatula or putting it in a piping bag, I placed it in bowls with wide rims and held my cookies upside down and dipped them in. I was even able to dip some of the cookies so they had multiple colors on them by dipping one color, allowing it to dry and dipping the next color. My cookies were iced very quickly this way. It dried firm and glossy and did not smear or smoosh when I layered my cookies on a serving platter and covered them with plastic wrap for transport. An awesome recipe that has become my standard for sugar cookies."
"My newest favorite Christmas cookie. And..the frosting works wonderfully.
p.s..don't refrigerate for more than two hours. The dough will be virtually impossible to work with. I had to microwave mine to soften it a bit."
"deeelicious...but i'm lazy.after an hour of refridgeration I got a ziploc bag, put the dough in and got all the air out. then i rolled it into an log (inside the bag, rolling the dough on the counter) and cut circle cookies with floss. And I used margarine....(oops) Best cookie ever. Thanks!"
"Not so sure about the, "...not find a better sugar cookie anywhere you search" part. Yes, the recipe was super easy and the dough was very good to work with for cut-out cookies. However, these are very BLAND. I made these for my daughter's teachers, but they were so tasteless, I opted to not gift them. Per my oldest daughter's suggestion, we're saving the cookies for Santa, hoping he'll eat them. ;) A cookie recipe shouldn't focus mainly on making the dough easy to work with; you also have to pay attention to the TASTE of the cookie. What's the point in having a pretty cookie if no one wants to eat it? Also, when the instructions to use 1-2 tablespoons of milk when starting to make the icing, is ridiculous. Yes, we'll "likely" need more, meaning it's impossible to mix it without a lot more milk. I was happy with how the icing hardened, but even that didn't taste very good. My normally icing-loving kids wouldn't go near this icing. Overall, not very pleased with this recipe and I would not go so far as to say it's the best recipe ever, taste-wise. Needs some tweaking for taste, and not just extra sugar."
"I don't know, but I put all the right ingredients and it didn't turn out. The batter was so dry couldn't even blend it together. :( Added a little water just to say the kids made cookies but they didn't taste like cookies, they tasted like bicuits."
""You will not find a better sugar cookie anywhere you search, this will most likely be the only sugar cookie you will use ... "
And I was about to pass this one off as another of those recipes claiming to be 'the best' or the 'ultimate' ... but I'm SO GLAD I gave it a go, and the only reason I've created an account here is to give this recipe my thumbs-up and say, yes, you will not find a better sugar cookie anywhere you search, and it will definitely be the only sugar cookie I will ever use.
The search is over. Thank you, Kittencal."
"Kittencal's stuff is normally awesome, but this one did not make the grade. Added 1/2 cup more sugar and the cookies came out like butter cookies and not sugar cookies. Revise the title and they are much better."
"Really a great recipe. I loved how these cookies have good body and are not too sweet. So good with a cup of coffee -- seriously. They're firm but give nicely when you bite them. I added fresh lemon juice (strained) instead of milk in the icing mixture to give it a little zing. It still set up beautifully. I'm attaching a picture so you can see how well they turned out. Thank you so much."
"Didn't make the cookies, but the icing was terrific for piping with a fine writing tip and spreading inside outlines. I used water instead of milk and added extra vanilla plus lemon extract to give it a nicer flavor."
"This will be my go to cut-out cookie recipe from this point forward!! I made them just as called for by the recipe and they turned out beautifully. They were easy to make, the dough was very easy to work with, they held their shape when baked and were tender and delicious to eat. The icing was wonderful to work with and resulted in the most beautiful cookies we've ever made! Bravo Kittencal and thanks for a great recipe that made our Christmas even more wonderful."
"Loved these. They were just like my Mom made when we were kids. Food.com listed a different sugar cookie under their "featured recipes" which I tried. Let me tell you, it's no where near as good as kittencal's. The best part of making these was letting my two year old put the icing on them afterwards. Thanks for the recipe kittencal!"
"I loved this recipe. It was easy to make & the dough is easy to work with - and DELICIOUS. I doubled it because I needed 60 cookies. I've never painted with icing so I wasn't sure about it, but it works just like the recipe says. Get a nylon (or something besides real hair) paintbrush and paint the thinned icing on the cooled cookies. It was very easy & didn't run down the sides like I thought it might. I will make this recipe again & again!"
"We have experimented with several sugar cookie recipes, (3 different batches today alone)...looking for just the right one. When we made these it was hands down the best flavor and texture we were looking for. Actually a real special cookie to call our "family" recipe. We have saved it everywhere so it doesn't get lost. One note don't leave in fridge overnight..it comes out a brick!"
"I prefer harder sugar cookies. Mine came out so soft that I don't see how I will be able to frost them without them falling apart. :( Sorry. I think I'll stick to my old recipe."
"Hand down the "BEST" sugar cookie recipe! Not overly sweet and the icing hardens enough to make stacking or wrapping the cookies possible. Putting the dough in the fridge for a few hours or overnight is an important step to make rolling and cutting the dough easier. I kept the dough in the fridge and only removed enough to roll and cut and then repeated until all was used. I kept the icing thick, applied it using a brush, and had no problem with it running. My husband has never been a fan of sugar cookies and loves these as once again, they are not too sweet. I made these for a Christmas cookie exchange and received rave reviews. Now I'm getting ready to double the recipe. use a heart cookie cutter, and give them to neighbors/freinds for Valentine's day. Thanks, Kittencal...I've never had one of your recipes be a disappointment!!"
"I used the frosting on another sugar cookie recipe and it ran off the sides following the recipe. I had to keep wiping it off so it didn't look awful. I finally added more powdered sugar to make it doable, then the flavor was off somewhat. I don't think I will use this recipe again, sorry!"
"Rating for Icing only: this just didn't work for me flavor wise. Way too sweet. Normally I'm a huge fan of Kitt's recipes but not this one. I will not use this again, sorry."
"*THE* best sugar cookie recipe. You won't need to look for another. I followed it exactly and turned out perfectly. Thank you Kittencal! :)"
"Best sugar cookies ever!! I've tried dozens of recipes, all either too soft or too tough, wouldn't hold their shape or ware so sweet it made your face hurt. But this dough held it's shape perfectly, fluffed up wonderfully and the icing was amazing! I might upload my photos of the ones I did for Halloween, if there are any left!"
"I wanted to have a little fun today and make some decorated Halloween cookies. I remembered seeing your recipe for these cookies a while back and couldn't wait to have an occasion to try them. The dough was so easy to make and baked up just perfect. I had to bake mine about 7 minutes. I used large cookie cutters so it was easiest to paint the icing on. I loved that the cookies weren't horribly sweet. Thanks so much for shraring another fantastic recipe."