Nothing reminds us more of the holidays than a good sugar cookie recipe! Originating in France as a “sandy dough” (pâte sablée), this recipe is crumbly yet decadent and great for cutting into different shapes. They look great on their own but can be decorated with icing or sprinkles. Sugar cookies are a treat loved by kids and adults alike, so this recipe will be one you find yourself making for all occasions. Requiring just a few simple ingredients, they are also easy to make on short notice. Make this classic recipe and be reminded of those magical childhood moments of biting into a soft, buttery sugar cookie.
The recipe calls for frozen butter, and this is important to making the perfect dough because frozen butter will mix with the other ingredients into a “sandy” dough that resembles fine breadcrumbs. Also, if your butter is melted, your dough will be too greasy and soft to maintain its shape during baking.
Almond flour is added to this recipe not only to add a touch of almond flavor but also to give the dough and each bite a grainier texture.
Some people prefer to knead their dough by hand, and this is always an option. If you choose to do this, be mindful that the heat from your hands may melt the butter faster than it would melt on its own, therefore resulting in a less crumbly, more greasy dough. Also, play attention to the amount of time indicated for kneading as cookie dough can be over-mixed which would produce dense, very flat cookies.
Freezing the dough before cutting it into shapes is another step to ensure the final cookies maintain their desired look. Cold dough is also easier to cut because the butter is hard, making it less likely to stick to the different molds.
Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, let cool, and enjoy their delicious flavor!
You can tell sugar cookies are done cooking when they begin to show a hint of color and slightly crack across the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack or plate.
Homemade cookie dough can be made well ahead of your desired baking time. It can last up to 4 days in the fridge in tightly sealed containers or frozen for 2 months in a freezer-safe storage bag or container.
This recipe (and almost all other cookie recipes) can be made using your air fryer. You will need to adjust the cooking temperature and time due to the different heating techniques of these machines. Set the temperature to 25 degrees less than what the recipe calls for, and the cookies should be done in 5-6 minutes.
Proper storage of leftover cookies is crucial to maintain their softness and freshness. Place them in a tightly sealed container or jar for 3-5 days and remember to reseal the container after each time it’s opened.
Some people love to decorate their sugar cookies for a fun, festive activity. Make your favorite icing recipe to spread over the cookies. Add sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, and other small candies as well to adorn these cookies. Of course, no decoration is needed as this recipe tastes just as good on its own!
Sweet, soft, and buttery are just a few words to describe these cookies. With dough that can be made ahead of time, this recipe is perfect to make for holidays and special occasions because you can have the dough already made and bake the cookies fresh for your family and friends. Enjoy these tasty cookies today! Be sure to also check out Multo’s other recipe ideas for inspiration and step-by-step directions for delicious meals!
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