Soft Sugar Cookies

Soft Sugar Cookies

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one of my favorite memories is decorating shoe boxes to collect valentines and having “room parties” which always included lots of treats and games.  Do kids still make their own valentines and mailboxes or am I totally out of the loop?

Candy hearts, chocolates and my favorite- sugar cookies. Jewelry and flowers are nice, but I’m a sucker for a good sugar cookie. Okay wait, I lied. Dave if you are reading this, I’ll take jewelry and flowers.

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe of all time. I have tried a lot of different recipes, but with much tweaking and re-tweaking, I finally have my perfect sugar cookie that I can share with you! I prefer my sugar cookies to be soft rather than crunchy. This cookie is sturdy enough to hold up lots of decorating and yet soft enough for me to love. I made bunches of these over Christmas and I’m bringing it back around for Valentine’s Day.  Sugar cookies can be tricky, but these are incredibly easy. 


Note:  Using room temperature butter in sugar cookies is essential. Room temperature butter and sugar mix together easily and allow more air to get in which makes the dough light and fluffy.  I'm not the most patient person, so waiting for butter to come to room temperature for 2 hours isn't my idea of fun.

 Here's a tip: take your stick of butter and put in the microwave for 5 second increments. After each 5 seconds, roll the stick a 1/4 turn. Be very careful because it can turn to melted quickly, but usually after 10-15 seconds you have a nice room temperature butter ready to use. No waiting required. 

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