Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
- Food coloring, optional
- Colored sugar
- 1. Cream butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
- 2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured holiday-related cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; transfer frosting to bag. Pipe decorations. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw and decorate as desired. Yield: about 7 dozen (2-1/2-in. cookies).
2 each: 158 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
Reviews for Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies
"Dough was easy to handle - and delicious cookies"
"Very tasty cookie. I made the dough two nights ago and made the cookies today. It was very easy to work with. However, some of the cookies seemed to lose their shape during baking. I had some very bloated-looking candy canes! The frosting was also delicious, my only issue was that I doubled the frosting recipe and there still wasn't enough to frost all of my cookies, and we went light."
"I put the dough in the fridge for 24 hours...I panicked when I took it out the fridge & it was super hard. threw in the microwave for a few seconds..voila...perfect...these were delicious!!! had to triple the icing recipe...."
"Simply put, these are the Best tasting sugar cookies I have ever made. I about panicked when I thought I lost the recipe. They taste wonderful with a buttercream frosting or sandwiched with seedless raspberry jam and a glazed top."
"I first made these cookies for the first time this past Christmas and then I made them again for Valentine's day to take as treats for work.This is hands down one of the best cookie recipes around. I was looking for a recipe that could compete with one my mom has that uses Crisco . My goal was to find a recipe that uses butter that is easy to work with and has a similar taste to the one my mom uses. A bite of these cookies is like a little bite of heaven. When rolled out a little thicker they are a little crunchy on the bottom, but very soft as well. My coworkers went nuts over these cookies. They said they were the best sugar cookie they ever tasted. One of them said these cookies taste like happy childhood memories. The dough is super easy to work with and it smells so good while you're working with it. I used my own buttercream frosting recipe instead of the one provided and I've been using home made vanilla extract and using double what the recipe calls for. You can't go wrong with this one."
"Best sugar cookies ever!!"
"I made these today for Christmas. I thought the dough was very easy to work with. I did not use the frosting recipe provided, so I can't rate that. However the cookies were excellent. They have a light buttery flavor with a hint of vanilla. Very tasty and not overwhelming on any one flavor. I will make these again for sure."
"Help..... Is it really 2 TABLESPOONS vanilla?"
"This is the only sugar cookie recipe I will ever use! No one can turn them down..you can roll thin and make crispy or thick and make soft and gooey, and they still come out great! I have used countless recipes for sugar cookies over the years but kept trying different one's until I found the perfect one...this is it!"
"I don't know what all the fuss is about. I didn't have issues with sticky dough, but the cookies in general were pretty bland. I felt like the frosting didn't taste like much, either, just sugary.I will stick with the White Velvet Sugar cookie recipe, which I LOVE."
"Over the years i tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes. I did find one but it was very hard to work with and if you didn't mix it right it was tasteless. I made these cookies for my kids for Easter and they loved them. The dough was very easy to work with, the flavor was delicious and the texture was just how we like our cookie to be."
"Everyone tells me that these are the best sugar cookies they've ever eaten. This is my go to recipe for cut-outs."
"These are the best sugar cookies I've ever made! My family loves them. They freeze really well too."
"This is the sugar cookie recipe I always use now. The best !!"
"Very good cookies, my family enjoyed them"
"I don't typically enjoy sugar cookies, but these are delicious! I made them as holiday gifts for friends and they were a hit all around! Cannot wait to make them again this year."
"I got this recipe years ago, and its the best sugar cookie recipe that I've ever tried, so I don't even bother to try any other recipes for sugar cookies anymore, this one wins hands down! The extra vanilla in it makes all the difference. I make at least a triple batch for Christmas and they disappear before anything else every year!"
"I followed the directions exactly, but still ended up with sticky dough. I even left it in overnight. I haven't had any luck with making sugar cookies. Will try again."
"Very fragile cookie and not much of a taste. Thought I would try it regardless of the other comments that mentioned the same issue. They do look cute though!"
"This became my go-to sugar cookie recipe 2 years ago. We love them in our house, and I've had many compliments on them when I've taken them places. The kids love frosting and decorating them, but I love to eat them plain with a cup of coffee! So good!! Thanks for the recipe."
"This is a great sugar cookie recipe. Very good flavor. I used the buttercream recipe on this site also, yummy!"
"I love these cookies, but the dough is very sticky. I use quite a bit of flour rolling them out.I also have a problem with them puffing out and losing their shape while baking. Does this happen to anyone else?? I have made these many times and it happens every time. I always re-cut them as soon as they come out of the oven so they actually look like the shapes they were originally supposed to be."
"These cookies were very good! My sugar addict husband stated that the frosted was probably what made them so good!My dough was also very sticky even after I stuck it in the freezer for 30 minutes! I ended up adding more flour each time I rolled it out to cut out the shapes. Perhaps adding the flour reduced the amount of sweetness? Overall these were very good cookies and everyone ate them up!"
"I have been making these since they were first published. they have never been sticky, and i only chill for the half hour recommended. Did you measure accurately?for a rating i give them the highest possible."
"Mine were also very sticky, even though I refrigerated them overnight. I ended up sticking them in the freezer for awhile. I am wondering if perhaps the temperature in the house affects them, because I don't remember them being so sticky when I made them in spring (as opposed to August...) They taste great though, and I make them for various occasions!"
"I always make my dough one day and then refrigerate overnight, baking the next day. Try this and I'll bet you'll not have sticky dough! (I know because the same thing happened to me the first time!)"
"Help I followed these directions and my dough is very very sticky, I put it back in the fridge for overnight. Any suggestions? This is my first time making sugar cookies."
"these look good"