Ok, I get it. Valentine’s Day can sneak up on you. Or…you could just not give a shit about Valentine’s Day. If so – booo, because I looooove it!
Maybe you’re looking for gift idea that’s a little different?
Maybe you decided you wanted to make something yourself for this lovely day celebrating love.
Or heck, maybe you just want freshly baked cookies to devour.
Whatever the reason – I’m here to help you with an easy sugar cookie recipe that will result in a large batch of deliciousness.
Seriously…this recipe makes like, between 45-50 cookies. 😲
First and foremost, get your ingredients together. You’ll need:
- 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 cups white sugar
- 1 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Note: Be sure to get unsalted butter. I once accidentally used salted butter when making muffins and ummm, yeah…they were ridiculously salty and not so good. Oops. 🤷🏻♀️
Got everything? Good. Now comes the fun part!
1. Crank up the heat. Get your oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl and set it aside.
2a. Pour yourself a glass of wine. 😉
3. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together. (This is why is must be softened…I just let it sit out on the counter for awhile.)
Note: The first couple of times I made these cookies, I manually creamed it all together. This is a great way to get in an arm workout…but, if you have a stand mixer – you can use that and it’ll be a life saver!*
4. Once the butter and sugar are nicely creamed together, beat in the vanilla and egg. I encourage you to do this with Beat It, by Michael Jackson is playing very loudly.
5. SLOWLY blend in the dry ingredients from Step 1. Add a little bit and blend….add a little bit more and blend again. Keep going until the whole bowl of dry ingredients has been incorporated.
6. Time to make the cookies! You can roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. If you want to be a little more festive and make them into heart shaped, or whatever tickles your fancy – go for it. If you want to use cookie cutters, I’d roll them into balls first then maybe mold them in the cutters. I don’t know for sure if this will work, but this way they’ll all be the same size and cook evenly. 🤷🏻♀️
7. Throw (not literally) those bad boys into the over for between 8-10 minutes. It’ll vary depending on your oven, to be honest. I’ve made these MANY times, and after some trial and error (and one time even forgetting I had a batch in the oven, oops) – I found my happy spot was 9mins, 15seconds.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to let the cookies stand on the cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks because they kinda finish cooking like that. When you take them out of the oven, you’re gonna be like, “Oh man – Jenn lied to me! These cookies are sooooo not done!” But be patient. Let them hang out another couple of minutes, then move them over to cool on wire racks. TRUST ME!
As they’re resting, can sprinkle some white sugar on top for an added little zing. I once even threw a couple chocolate chips on them and they turned out great too!
If you try these cookies out, be sure to share your results with me here or on social media! I mean, if you wanna send me some cookies too I won’t say no to that. 😉
*shoutout to Hamilton Beach Canada for hooking me up with this amazing 7 Speed Orbital Stand Mixer. My belly, and my rested arms, thank y’all! It makes making these delicious cookies (among other recipes that you’ll just have to stay tuned for) a heck of a whole lot easier! Especially with the nonslip suction on the bottom so it stays put!