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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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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.

Ingredients for the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

-Butter

-Sugar

-Vanilla Extract

-Eggs

-All-Purpose Flour

-Baking Powder Salt

How to Make the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and continue mixing.  Finally, mix in the dry ingredients.  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.

Butter in a stand mixer for the BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

Roll out your dough with a rolling pin 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 here.

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

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.

Uncooked Mickey Mouse sugar cookies from the BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Mickey Mouse sugar cookies on a cooling rack from The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
Four rows Mickey Mouse sugar cookies made from the BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

How to Decorate Mickey & Minnie Christmas Cookies

Mickey Mouse Christmas cookies made from the BEST sugar cookie recipe with pine cones and pine needles

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! Tag @mommymouseclubhouse on Instagram! I want to see your creations!

More Christmas Cookies:

 

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

Melt Away Christmas Cookies

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The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe
The BEST Sugar Cookies that are sweet, chewy, soft yet firm enough to be decorated. Simply delicious!
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Cookies, Standard Size
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Cookies, Standard Size
Ingredients
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.
Recipe Notes

Make sure you chill the dough! Pick up a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter here!

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22 Comments on The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. The third step on the instructions says to bake for 6-8 mins. And cool completely before baking? Do u mean before decorating?

  2. To chill the dough can it be left for only the hour or does it have to be chilled to overnight? I’m starting the dough now so I’m wondering what’s best to do.

  3. Hey, I ran out of time and by the time I get round to making these it will have been 48 hours in the fridge, is that going to be a problem?

  4. Do you have the recipe for the icing you used on the cookies I’ve made the cookies for my sons birthday in September (plain but changed the colour of the dough) everyone loved it I’m making the recipe again but wanted to see if you have the icing recipe for what you used

  5. These cookies were fun to make with my daughter. Use unsalted butter though bc we used the regular butter (salted) and it make the cookies taste more salty then sweet. Now we know 😉

  6. My dough is really sticky almost like a cake batter. I have put it in the fridge for 1 1/2 hours hoping it will stiffen up. What should I do if it doesn’t come together like dough?

    • I’m not sure why it would be that consistency, I’ve never had that happen before. I would maybe try adding more flour. Hope that helps!

  7. 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?

  8. Hi I’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.

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