Posted by: Emily | October 31, 2008

Sugar cookie recipe

This is the sugar cookie recipe that I used, which is similar to the “family” recipe except I think my mother uses almond flavoring instead of vanilla. But I didn’t have almond and they are still tasty.

This recipe made about 60 small pumpkin and cat cookies (1 WW point each). Double it for a serious batch.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured (I found I needed a lot of flour so they didn’t stick!) surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.


Mix powdered sugar, a little almond or vanilla flavoring and then add milk until the frosting is slightly runny, maybe 2T milk for 1 cup of sugar? You don’t want it to be too thick but you also don’t want it to run off the cookie. It’s an art. Divide the frosting into different containers and add food coloring. I used Ateco, which I got at the kitchen store. It’s a gel coloring which makes vibrant colors, including black, which I have never used before. Cool!



  1. Thanks so much Em! I’m totally going to use this recipe!!

  2. Oh baby…. Christmas cookies are just around the CORNER!! I can’t wait!

    Ben is an insane purist when it comes to those cookies and will not participate in any season other than Christmas. One year I wanted to make easter egg cookies and he about had the big one explaining to me why they should only be made in December.

    Maybe as soon as you guys move here we can get together and bake!

  3. Uh oh, I hope I’m not kicked out of the family baking circle for making them in October. I just couldn’t resist the cute kitty cookie cutter. And then I thought it would be borderline creepy to have 60 kitty cookies (crazy cat lady here) so I bought the pumpkin too. : )

  4. These cookies are sooooooo good!!! Thank goodness you’re a rule-breaker! 🙂

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