amazingest sugar cookies and how to be a good mom

filed under: Sugar Cookies on July 15, 2015

I don’t know if you are aware, but I have five kids. FIVE. (Ages 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2.) Five awesome little people running around who are always willing to help mommy in the kitchen. (Don’t tell, but I wish I had five more! I love being a mom.)

Pretty much the only down side to my job is that mommy (me) is often in the kitchen baking. Baking cookies and cakes and more cookies and all sorts of deliciously, sugary sweet treats.


Amazing Sugar Cookie Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Amazing Sugar Cookie Recipe
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 c 125g confectioners sugar
  • 1 c 227g butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c 125g all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c 94g cake flour
  • 2 tsp. 7g cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. 1g baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. 1g baking soda
  • pinch table salt
  • 2 c 250g confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 c butter 28g, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. 3g vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons 20-30g milk
  • 1 drops food coloring if adding
Sugar Cookies
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, blend sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla on low to just combine. Switch mixer to medium-high and mixer for about 3 minutes, or until light a fluffy.

  2. While that is mixer place flour, cake flour, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl and whisk together.

  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mix until just combined.
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and add in pinch of salt. With a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of bowl and gently mix ingredients.

  5. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of sugar cookie and place on a parchment lined baking sheet close together.

  6. Do this until all the dough is gone; you should have about 24 sugar cookie dough balls.
  7. Place in freezer for at least one hour. (if freezing for longer make sure the sugar cookie dough is sealed in an air tight container until ready to use)

  8. When ready to bake heat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 in convection ovens)
  9. Place dough ball (can still be frozen) on parchment lined baking sheet 2 inches apart from each other.
  10. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until no longer "wet" looking in the center. These cookies are best when slightly under-done.

  1. Cream butter and vanilla in mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add in powder sugar, one cup at a time.
  3. If you find your mixer struggling, slowing add in milk.
  4. Add in food coloring if necessary.
  5. Use more milk for a creamy consistency, use less milk for a stiff consistency.



Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles

My love-hate relationship with sugar is maybe similar to yours? I love baking and decorating and sharing sweet treats with everyone, but don’t like buying bigger sizes of clothes and definitely don’t like the effects of sugar on my teeth.

Or my kids’ teeth.

Sugar Cookies with Green Buttercream and Gold Sprinkles

Because I know.

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies covered in buttercream and gold sprinkles.

Giant Sugar Cookies with Cherry Buttercream

I know that no one can resist giant sugar cookies with cherry buttercream and rainbow sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Strawberry Shortcake

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies with red velvet cookie and strawberries and whipped cream.

Buttercream Sugar Cookies

I know that no one can resist sugar cookies with massive piles of chocolate buttercream.


I know that no one can resist chocolate sugar cookies with a glorious buttercream peony piped on top.

AH! Someone stop me!!

Or… don’t.

So we talk about pros and cons.

Pro: Mom lets us eat the most amazingest (their word which happens to be an awesome word) treats ever.

Con: It’s not good for our teeth, so we do everything we can to protect them.

What do we do to help our kid’s teeth stay strong and healthy? We utilize oil pulling, we brush regularly (no flossing) and we rinse with peroxide. We also are big fans of probiotics and activated charcoal!

Now, because I have NO INTENTION (can you sense my passion for sugar here?) of eliminating sugar from our lives anytime soon, I am going to share with you the amazing sugar cookie recipe from above.

It is our go-to sugar cookie recipe and a crowd pleaser every.single.time. Having a cookie for an afternoon snack or treat after dinner is one of the ways I love to bless my kids! Sugar in moderation is A-OK in my book!


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  • Cookin' Canuck says:

    Every one needs a great sugar cookie in their baking arsenal, and this one looks perfect for any occasion!

  • Luana says:

    The pictures make me want to stop anything I am doing right now, start my oven even though it’s incredibly hot here in France and bake those !!
    Looks delicious ! I am not a mom yet but it’s always interesting to learn more about the everyday life of a family, just so I can get ready haha.
    Thanks a lot for this recipe !

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    Those mint cookies with gold sugar flecks are EVERYTHING! Seriously, you make the prettiest cookies. I wish I was going to Blogher so I pop by and see ya!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I so wish I could be there! I will brush my teeth this morning in your honor. Now if we can talk about cookie delivery……..

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    OMG THESE COOKIES!!! Sound amazing, and funnily enough aquafresh is my fave toothpaste, so when I have kids now i know I’ll be an amazing mommy 🙂

  • mila furman says:

    This reminds me of loft house style cookies!!! YUM! So in love with these! And cannot believe you have 5 kids!!! Good for you!!! I love being a mama too but so far I only have 1 🙂

  • Christi @ Love From The Oven says:

    The cookies look amazing!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks says:

    Amanada I totally second you!! You are an amazing mom!

  • Jodi says:

    a,and a….would these be good cut out cookies too? Do they maintain their shape??

  • Brasserie Louis says:

    Such a wonderful recipe; thanks a lot for sharing, Amanda 🙂

  • Melanie @ Gather for Bread says:

    I never realized how amazing sugar cookies could be until I saw these. And you are an amazing mommy. You must keep so busy with all those little ones!

    Happy Friday!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    I wish i was at BlogHer to see you . . and meet Captain Aquafresh!

  • Zainab says:

    I need a great sugar cookie in my recipe box and you have convinced me this is it!!

  • Susan says:

    These cookies look amazing! I can’t say no at all to buttercream frosted cookies and you of course make them look stunning!

  • Cakespy says:

    I’m so delighted that you allow sweetness in your kids’ lives. Honestly I think that will help them build a better nutritional balance and foundation. Love the cookies, of course!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    Ahhh! Just the prettiest sugar cookies! I love everything about this! 🙂

  • Dentist Panda says:

    Just one thing about brushing your teeth and sugar: sugar crystals are stronger than our natural teeth enamel… so never brush your teeth immediately after eating something sweet, that actually damages your enamel as the crystals are ground against the tooth. Wait a bit until the sweet taste has “melted” away.

  • Lane says:

    I noticed this sugar cookie recipe is different from the sugar cookie recipe you list in the Giant Sugar Cookies with Pink Buttercream. Which recipe is your go to recipe for sugar cookies?

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.