There is nothing more delicious than sugar cookies fresh from the oven. Ever since Hattie was little, I’ve always invited her into the kitchen to help me with whatever we have going on that day. I’ve always believed that if you get your child interested in cooking, they will want to eat what we are making. For valid proof of that, she was standing on her step stool today eating raw mushrooms. That’s my girl! Earlier this week, we wanted to whip out one of our favorite recipes and share them with you. I’ve always been a fan of the Joy of Baking Sugar Cookie recipe, and I’ve modified it over the years because let’s face it, you can always use a little more vanilla and salt when you are baking.
My dear friend Sara made us these adorable aprons for Christmas (and a scarf for Riley) and we love matching in the kitchen! Today we wanted to focus our attention on the next holiday coming up, Valentine’s Day. We have seem to have quite a collection of pink and more pink sprinkles (shocker, I know) and cookie cutters. Today, we opted for hearts and stars.
Now the thing people always ask me about is how do I deal with all the mess when Hattie is cooking. Well, honestly, I just know it’s apart of the process. How else is she going to learn the right way to do it if we don’t do a little trial and error. Egg shells in the batter? It’s happened. Flour on the floor? Yep, that too! When I know that we’re going to be baking and it is time intensive, I’ll make the dough ahead of time, and then we’ll do the rolling and cutting together.
The thing I love about this particular dough is that you can make it and keep it in the fridge for a while. I like to make a batch, and then store it two separate containers for different times. We don’t need all the cookies sitting around and it lets us practice again. We talk about the importance of over handling dough and when it gets warm, we could have baking issues. Hattie always insists on leaving some of the scraps out to play with and usually it gets tossed after a few bites have been taken out of it.
If you’ve followed along for any time here, you know we’re a little heavy handed in the sprinkle department. Anyone wish Target would put sprinkles back in the Dollar Spot? That was a goldmine of sprinkle goodness! Can we start a petition? I need more sprinkles!
I also would highly recommend a silicone baking mat. Those sprinkles can get yucky and melt and be a mess to clean up. Also easy to transfer cookies to cool. If not, the dollar store has sheets of pre-cut parchment. They are so handy!
These have a short bake time, keep an eye on them. 8-10 minutes and they will be perfect!
These are a super soft and tender cookie. I try to roll them out pretty thin, but someone likes a thicker cookie, we have larger cookie cutters, so probably get anywhere from 18-24 cookies depending on the size of our cutter that we are working with, and however much someone sneaks.
These cookies are great iced too! I’d much prefer sprinkles to icing, but that’s a personal preference. Try these for your next baking adventure or whenever the mood strikes you for a fun mess in your kitchen!
Photography by Nicolette Wilmas Photography.