Don’t Let This Happen To You.

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  • christmas cookie

    Its ok, its ok, I know.

    I have been there.  When I was first married I did not even know how to turn on the oven.  But a little youtube and hunger go a long way in the teaching department.

    So, in honor of everyone out there who burns toast and forgets at add cheese to lasagna and says that scrambled eggs are their favorite only because that’s the only way they can make them… this is for you.

    I want YOU to shine this holiday season.

    I am going to share my favorite sugar cookie recipes of all time.  I have made lots.  I know what works and trust me on this one, this is by far the best sugar cookie recipe ever.

    If you make this, people will be asking you for your recipe and they will be trying to sneak just one more.

    I will also share my no fail sugar cookie icing recipe.

    BONUS: I am also going to give you a secret tip in how to make beautifully decorated cookies.

    5 from 1 vote
    Amazing Sugar Cookies
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    8 mins
    Total Time
    18 mins

    I am going to share my favorite sugar cookie recipes of all time. I have made lots. I know what works and trust me on this one, this is by far the best sugar cookie recipe ever.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Amazing Sugar Cookies
    Servings: 48 cookies
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 1 -½ cup Butter I Use Unsalted
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 2 whole Eggs
    • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
    • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
    • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
    • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
    1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
    2. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
    3. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
    4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to
    5. butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are. 😉
    6. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.

    7. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
    8. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.


    5 from 1 vote
    Amazing Cookie Icing
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins

    I will also share my no fail sugar cookie icing recipe.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Amazing Cookie Icing
    Servings: 48 cookies
    Author: Amanda Rettke
    • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar powder Sugar
    • 1 -3 Tablespoons Milk
    • 1 drop Lemon Juice fresh Or Processed
    • 1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
    1. Combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl.
    2. !******This next step is important!******
    3. If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, add LESS milk.
    4. Just a drop at a time. If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or ’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need) to make your frosting very runny.

    5. If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same.

    6. If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.

    7. If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk. This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

    Now… would you like to do this?

    christmas cookie

    or this?

    christmas cookie

    Its easy.

    (please say the next sentence in your head without pausing just to get the full effect) Really and truly I cannot tell a lie I promise you from the bottom of my heart you can do this and you can do this well it really is easy.

    Its just dots.

    Get a zip lock bag, put some icing into it, cut off the tiniest tip possible from the corner of the bag and just put some dots on your cookie.

    Do any design you want… I promise it will look good.  Do a cross or a tree or a word or just outline the cookie in dots.

    That is one of my favorite tricks!  Dots.  Lots and lots of dots.

    Find more cookie ideas or inspiration!

    Go forth and conquer!

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  • Tori says:

    Oh gosh I think I did something wrong! My batter is so incredibly sticky. I followed the recipe to a “T” or maybe i didn’t? I’m so confused but I am making cookies to go on a cake for tomorrow and the dough isn’t turning out right! Should I just add more flour?

  • Kara says:

    I absolutely love this recipe and like to use it for my cookies. I don’t know how you don’t have the stickiness but for me, I just use lots of flour and when I get them ready for fridge time, they are perfect.

  • mercedes says:

    i tried this recipe and my batter was also very sticky. i just added more flour when rolling out the dough and it worked okay.
    next time i’ll add more flour when mixing the ingredients and see what happens.

  • carolina says:

    i have been looking for the prfect sugar cookie recipe and came across this one which i really like..but on your other blog i am a baker there is also another sugar cookie i was wondering if you had to pick one which do you like better…or which do you recommend i try first?

  • Jessica says:

    Made the cookies and icing last night, came out fantastic! Thanks for a great tasting recipe!

  • Sue says:

    Hey there,
    the cookies looks lovely,
    thanks for sharing-
    just wondering
    would it be still working if cut half recipe of the cookies?

  • Ellen says:

    I know this is an older post, but after the 6th time of looking at your cookies, I MUST try making these this year! I’ve been nervous to ever attempt making these kind of decorated sugar cookies because I was afraid they wouldn’t taste very good. After all the rave reviews I’ve heard though, I feel very excited to try these!

  • Flor says:

    I`ll bake sugar cookies for the first time in my life! Do you think I can change half of the flour for whole wheat flour?
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • GarEli says:

    WOW Que galletas tan hermosas!!
    Eres un atista.

  • Mary says:

    Question about when you’re baking the cookies. Do you just put them on a baking sheet? Parchment paper?

  • Christina says:

    Seriously this is AMAZING! This is my favorite cookie recipe ever!!
    Thanks SO much for sharing!! 🙂

  • shyanne schull says:

    I used your recipe and made Valentine Day cookies for a fundraiser….they were a big hit and I thought they turned out so cute!!!

  • what katie's baking says:

    i’ve read that these cookies are *THE* best 😉
    can’t wait to try them!

  • cecilia says:

    I made the dough last night for these cookies,couldn’t stop eating it. now I can’t stop eating the cookies!!! I can’t believe how good they are.

  • Jessica says:

    I just made both the cookies and icing yesterday. The recipes were excellent! Can’t say as much for my decorating skills 😉 I blogged it at Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  • Shirley M says:

    These were amazing, but my cookies spread a bit. Was I not supposed to soften the butter? Or maybe my oven needs to be hotter? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe.

  • Andrea says:

    I used your cookie and icing recipes to make Atlanta Braves cookies for a friend’s party. I was a little dubious when I read the recipe because of all the eggs and the extracts made me nervous. But, I have admired your baking skills and artistic skills for some time so I tried it. First off, the cookies never hardened up. I used a simple circle cookie cutter and even after they cooled, they were still droopy when I picked them. Not good for shipping. I was nervous, but I continued on to the frosting. Again, I wasn’t sure about the corn syrup. I needed the royal icing to be firm because of the decorating I was going to add. Well, it never really firmed up either – even overnight. The next morning the cookies were not hard and the frosting was still soft to the touch. I wonder if I did something wrong or was it that I wrongly assumed this would make a crunchy, firm cookie that was appropriate for shipping. And that the icing would firm up. Your cookies are spectacular, BTW.

  • AEG says:

    Ok,I’ve just made these cookies, and I too found that the dough waas extremely sticky. I hd to add quite a bit more flour… to the point that that was all that you tasted when they were baked. I am no sure if it is because I live in an extremely hot climate, and the butter melted a bit?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Ema says:

    how much cookies does this quantity make? i want to make some for a charity they look so lovely.

  • Cupcake and Talk says:

    Thank you for sharing your favorite sugar recipe. I have tried several sugar cookie recipes but your recipe is by far one of my favorites. I posted a photo of the cookies I made on my Facebook page. At Thank you very much.

  • Akari says:

    Hi! I’m a huge fan of perusing your blog and seeing what you’ve made. I’m more of a cake baker myself, but I am quite fond of cookies as well (who isn’t? :D) Unfortunately, I’m also very allergic to nuts. Can you recall any stellar sugar cookie recipes that don’t contain almond extract? Thank you so much! 🙂

  • suan M says:

    I used the sugar cookie icing recipie but my cookies remained wet for days. I would touch them with my fingers and the icing was still “tacky” like. I put them outside in the very cold and only a few dried even by the second day. What am I doing wrong?

  • Diana says:


    I have a question about the icing. I’m from the Netherlands and we don’t have corn syrup here. Can i replace it with something else or even leave it out?
    I really don’t like the taste of royal icing so your recipe would be perfect!!


  • Bailey says:

    Is there any tips on rolling out the dough? I made the cookies last night close to the recipe…but it didn’t seem thick enough so I added more flour but it was still a pain to roll and cut out! Thankyou 🙂

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