Hands down, the BEST sugar cookie recipe ever! You won’t be disappointed. Fairly easy, but exceptionally delicious. The perfect cookie recipe for decorating!Print
Soft to eat but firm enough to decorate. Best sugar cookie recipe out there.
2 cups butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
4 egg yolks, reserve the whites
1 tablespoon vanilla
Zest of 1 orange
4 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
3–4 reserved egg whites
2 lbs powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Juice of the orange to thin the icing
Cream the butter and the sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time; beating after
each addition. Add the vanilla and orange zest and mix well to combine. Sift the flour and salt, into the
butter mixture, and mix on low, just until combined. Turn the dough out and flatten into a disc. Place in
a ziplock bag and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 350*. Roll the dough out, on a floured surface; and cut with desired cookie cutters.
Place on baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Remove
and cool completely. Continue, until all the dough is used.
Mix the egg whites with the powdered sugar and extracts. Use the orange juice to thin to desired
consistency for icing the cookies. If you get it too thin, add more powdered sugar. Divide the icing into
separate bowls, if you want to color it different colors. Decorate the cookies as desired.