When the kids are home from school I’m always looking for fun activities to keep the kids busy.
Over Christmas, we made cookies for school and I thought we’d do it again for a potluck party. Now, we make these sugar cookies often, whenever there is a party or celebration.
This is the best sugar cookies recipe!
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Make and Decorate Sugar Cookies with the Kids – The Best Sugar Cookies Recipe and Frosting Recipe
Update – The Best Sugar Cookies Recipe and Frosting Recipe
For my son’s birthday, his request was to make and decorate sugar cookies. Every year, we bring in birthday snacks to share with the classroom.
This year, he wanted to bring homemade sugar cookies to his class.
First, let me tell you, this is an easy sugar cookies and frosting recipe using items you most likely already have in your house.
But, let me warn you, this is a time-consuming recipe. Although each step is fairly easy, the whole thing takes quite a while.
For example, after making the dough, you need it to chill for at least 30 minutes. Then, you have to roll it out and cut out the shapes.
This can be time-consuming depending on how much the kids want to help you and the variety of shapes you want. Another thing to keep in mind is that the cookies need to be fully cooled before icing them.
Otherwise, the icing will melt and become liquidy on the cookies. Lastly, the decorating of the cookies can take a while too depending on how fancy and detailed you want them.
But, most of the time, it is totally worth it. Seriously, these are some of the best sugar cookies we have ever eaten!
My son says they are better than the store bought ones and the kids and teacher loved them.
How to make the best sugar cookies ever!
If you are looking for an easy recipe to make with the kids, then this one is a good one for you! Here’s a little how-to make Sugar Cookies recipe and frosting recipe that is fun and easy.
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The Best Sugar Cookies and Frosting Recipe Ever!
- Mixing Bowls
- Stand or Hand Mixer
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Baking Sheets
- Cooling Rack
- Parchment Paper
- 1 ½ cups butter softened
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 6 cups confectioners sugar
- ⅔ cup half-and-half
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¼ – 1/2 teaspoon of salt to taste
- First, in a large mixing bowl slowly beat the 1 1/2 cups of butter, flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and eggs until well mixed.
- Then, remove the dough from the bowl and form into a loose ball. Divide it into 4 sections, cover each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Next, in a mixing bowl, beat 6 tablespoons of butter, confectioners sugar, half and half, vanilla, and a touch of salt. Mix on medium-high until it looks like frosting.
- If you do not have disposable decorating bags, then put the frosting in individual zipper sandwich bags and add food coloring if desired.
- When dough is chilled, roll into 1/2 inch thick sheets and cut with cookie cutters.
- Then, on a baking sheet lined with wax / parchment paper or a reusable cookie sheet liner like this put the cut cookies about 2 inches apart form each other.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 +/- a few minutes (depending on oven) and rotate pans halfway through baking. The cookies are done when they are slightly golden.
- After that, place on wire rack to cool.
- When cookies are cool, lay out frosting bags and any other decorations you want. In one bottom corner of each frosting bag, cut a very small hole for the icing to come out. Decorate the cookies.
- Finally, let the frosting set for several hours until hardened.
- Enjoy your cookies!
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