The BEST Sugar Cookies that are sweet, chewy, soft yet firm enough to be decorated. Simply delicious!This post may contain affiliate links. When you click on these links, I get a small percentage back to me that helps me run my blog at no cost to you! For more information see my disclosure policy.
I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. I LOVE all of the treats and goodies that are made this time of year, and I also DISLIKE all of the treats and goodies. There are certain things that you just have to make each Christmas, and for my family, it’s sugar cookies. We always make Santa Claus faces to leave for the “Big Guy” on Christmas Eve, but I saw these super cute Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas cookies and decided I wanted to give them a try. Who doesn’t need a little Mickey this time of year? I’ve been using this sugar cookie recipe for many years and it has never failed me. The only problem that I’ve run into is that sometimes I eat too much of the dough before I have the chance to bake it, then I have to make more. I call it The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe because I have found it to be just that. Sweet, chewy, soft, but still firm enough to hold up to being decorated.
Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the egg, vanilla and continue mixing. Finally, mix in the dry ingredients. When the dough is combined, refrigerate for at least an hour to overnight. Don’t skip this step! Having cold dough will ensure that your cookie holds it shape and doesn’t flatten when baked.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use your desired cookie cutter (Mickey Mouse) to cut out shapes. I picked up my Mickey Mouse cookie cutter at the cute little gift shop outside Splash Mountain at Disney World, but you can find them easily online.
Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake the cookies at 400 degrees for about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack.
After baking the cookies, the fun really begins! That’s when you get to make your yummy little cookies into beautiful creations. I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and stumbled upon an icing recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian. I like this frosting because it dries fast, hard and smooth and is super easy and quick to make. If you’re going to make your cookies for a special occasion, I would suggest making them at least the day before to allow the icing to harden. Just store the cookies covered, in a cool dry place.
Check out this video on how to decorate your Mickey cookies, Christmas style!