The title of this post and recipe is not a brag in anyway. That is simply what they were called when the recipe was given to me at my bridal shower almost 17 years ago. Wait… seventeen? That can’t be right ::counting on fingers from April 1996:: Holy cow. That IS right. Yikes! I obviously have some denial issues to deal with here but I’ll take those off line and spare you all the stages of greif I’m about to go through.
Anyway, my beloved mother-in-law threw me a neighborhood bridal shower waaay back when and the “theme” of the party was to bring something related to the month you were born. One of the ladies was born in December so she gave me cookie sheets, hot pads, a spatula and this amazing cookie recipe. I have made these cookies every Christmas since then and my daughter now requests them for her class when it’s time to celebrate her birthday. Her birthday was last week so I thought this was the perfect time to share the recipe with you!
I love them because they are a great texture (the perfect mix between chewy and cakey) and nice base to whatever frosting you might want to put on them (my favorite is a cream cheese frosting of any kind). They hold their shape and bake up nicely.
The BEST Sugar Cookies
1 C. butter
1.5 C. sugar
2 T. milk
4 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add other ingredients and mix well. Chill overnight.
I like to divide the dough into two parts and roll them into freezer paper and flatten the rolls a little before refrigerating. This dough sets up very firm and can be a little hard to roll out when you first get it out of the fridge the next day. Having smaller and somewhat flattened pieces of dough to work with makes it a lot easier!
Roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness and cut to desired shape with a cookie cutter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes. They will be soft and white.
Cool and frost if desired.
Like I said, I love a good cream cheese frosting on these!
PS If you’d like to see what my husband looked like when growing up in this neighborhood where the bridal shower was thrown, you can see it on my Facebook. That photo is now my phone’s wallpaper because I was getting tired of going to my camera roll to look at it.