Mom's Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cook time: 
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Serves: 3 doz
  • 1½ cup butter
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (only if used unsalted butter)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 Tbs heavy cream (milk will do)
  1. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Add the eggs and milk, and mix.
  3. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Chill dough for one hour before rolling out on a floured surface.
  5. Roll out dough, but be sure not to get it too thin. Use shaped cookie cutters.
  6. Bake cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes, at 375°.
  7. Frost and decorate.
  8. To prepare frosting:
  9. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and mix until smooth, again. If using salt, you can also add that now.
  10. Add one cup of powdered sugar and beat. Add the second cup of powdered sugar and beat.
  11. Mix the vanilla and 1 Tbs of the cream in, until combined.
  12. Add the remaining powdered sugar, one cup at a time - beating between additions.
  13. Add the remaining cream if needed, for desired consistency.
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