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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe that will never fail you! Sweet, chewy, soft but still firm enough to hold up to being decorated. Simply delicious!

 

The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe dough rolled out with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter.

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There are certain things that you just have to make each Christmas, and for my family it’s sugar cookies.

 

Every year we make sugar cookies with Santa Claus faces to leave for the “Big Guy” on Christmas Eve.

 

But when I saw these super cute Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Christmas cookies,  I decided I wanted to give them a try.  Who doesn’t need a little Mickey this time of year?

 

Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cookies

 

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 them.

 

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.

 

Ingredients for the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

  • 1 1/2 Cups Butter, softened
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

 

How to Make the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

 

    1. Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
    2. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue mixing.
    3.  Mix in the dry ingredients.  
    4. When the dough is combined, refrigerate it 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.Sugar Cookie Dough in a Mixer
    5.  Roll out your dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.
    6. 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 one HERE on Amazon.Best Sugar Cookie dough with a rolling pin and Mickey Mouse cookie cutter
    7. Place the cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 6 – 8 minutes.Unbaked Mickey Sugar Cookies
    8. Allow them to rest on the baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

 

How to Decorate Mickey & Minnie Christmas Cookies

 

After baking the cookies, the fun really begins! That’s when you get to make your yummy little cookies into beautiful creations.  

 

Mickey & Minnie Sugar Cookies

 

The icing for these cookies couldn’t be easier to make with items you probably already have in your pantry! 

 

 

Decorating Icing Ingredients

 

  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 – 4 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring (in desired colors)

 

How to Make Sugar Cookie Decorating Icing

 

  1. Mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk.
  2. Add in the vanilla and corn syrup and mix well.
  3. The outline icing should be the consistency of toothpaste.
  4. To make the flood/fill icing, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time until the icing is the consistency of syrup. 
  5. Color your icing with gel food coloring in your desired colors.

 

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.

More Christmas Cookies:

 

Melt-Away Christmas Cookies

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

Melt Away Christmas Cookies

Easy Santa Sugar Cookies

 

The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Passive Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes

The BEST Sugar Cookies that are sweet, chewy, soft yet firm enough to be decorated. Simply delicious!

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • 1 1/2 Cups Butter, softened
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Decorating Icing

  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool completely before decorating.

Decorating Icing

  1. Mix together the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract and corn syrup. Mix well.
  3. Make the outline icing the consistency of toothpaste.
  4. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, to make the icing the consistency of syrup for the fill icing.
  5. Add gel food coloring to achieve desired colors.

Notes

Make sure you chill the dough

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

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Jane

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Can you freeze these after decorating?

Lisa

Friday 10th of January 2020

Hi cannot find corn syrup in South Africa. What can I use as substitute? How long will these cookies last from baking?

Mindy

Friday 10th of January 2020

I haven't tried anything but corn syrup, but you might be able to use honey, maple syrup, or 1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup of water. Hope that helps!

Heather

Thursday 19th of December 2019

Once i have baked my cut out cookies how long can they be stored before frosting them? I don't want them to dry out and how how do you store the cookies before frosting and after to keep fresh?

Mindy

Thursday 19th of December 2019

After you bake them they should stay fresh for 2-3 days as long as they are in an airtight container. Hope that helps!

Claire Reilly

Monday 28th of January 2019

Hi Iā€™m from the uk and would love to try out this recipe for my daughters first birthday. Do you have a uk. Measurement recipe and what would all purpose flour be in uk. Thanks For your help.

Zee

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

It says to preheat oven to 400 degrees, is this Fahrenheit? As this is about 200 degrees celcius which seems a little too high for cookies?

mindymoser

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Yes 400 degrees Fahrenheit is correct.

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