It’s baking season so we’re all busting out our favorite recipes to make festive confectionary delights.
One of the most commonly used recipes for baking is for sugar cookies.
It’s a simple recipe and they are so much fun to decorate. But knowing a few tips and tricks will help you make the best sugar cookies your family and friends have ever had.
Here Are 17 Tips To Help You Make The Best Sugar Cookies Ever:
1) The Key To Working With Royal Icing
Royal icing dries and hardens quickly. You have to work with it quickly if you’re going to frost your sugar cookies. You can also add a touch of water if you need to thin your icing out.
2) Use This Kind of Butter
Do not use melted butter in your cookies. Use softened butter. Just leave your butter out on the counter for about a half hour to an hour before you start prepping to make cookies.
3) Thicker Is Better, For Icing
Royal icing for sugar cookies should be on the thicker side. This is because you’ll probably be adding food coloring to color it which will thin your icing out. So it’s best to start with a thick batch so you can water it down if needed.
4) Get The Right Coloring
While brown sugar is delicious, you’ll want to use white in your sugar color recipe. This will keep them a pale color. It helps you to decorate them better.
5) Go Slow
You want your royal icing to be as smooth as possible. The best way to do this is to slowly add in your powdered sugar and pasteurized egg whites. Adding them slowly prevents lumps.
6) Get Savory
Want the creamiest most savory cookie ever? Use cream cheese in your batter. It will give them a slight tanginess that will deliciously compliment the other sweet flavors in your cookie.
7) Cool First
Cooled dough makes for better cookies. Pop your cookies in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before you bake. This helps the cookies keep their shape in the oven.
8) Cream Butter And Sugar Together
Your butter and sugar should be thoroughly creamed together properly. You can test this by rubbing a bit between your fingers. Keep mixing if you feel sugar granules.
9) How To Cut Your Cookies
Roll out your dough in one piece. Push your cookie cutters into your dough all at the same time. This will help the dough stay intact when you pull it apart.
10) Scrape the Bowl
Scrape the sides of your bowl when you’re mixing. This will make sure all the ingredients get mixed evenly in the bowl. It can really make a difference in your batter.
11) Non-Stick Cookie Cutters
Dip your cookie cutters in flour. This will prevent your dough from sticking to the cookie cutter. The shapes will pop right out this way.
12) Almond Extract Plus Vanilla Extract
Give your cookies a gorgeous deep flavor. Pour some almond extract into your batter on top of your vanilla extract. Your cookies will taste richer.
13) Press On Your Dough
Press on your dough before you start rolling on it. This will help you get even dough. It will also help you from overworking the dough.
14) Prevent Browning
Want your cookies to have a snap? Add some cream of tartar. The acid in it will also help to control texture and prevent browning.
15) Keep Your Dough Cold
When your dough is finished, wrap it in plastic wrap. Keep it in the fridge for about two hours. Then take it out to cut your shapes.
16) Don’t Overwork the Mixture
If you overwork the mixture, your dough can become tough and overly chewy. Stop mixing once the flour streaks disappear. This will keep your cookie nice and flaky.
17) Add A Touch of Kosher Salt
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Use a touch of kosher salt in your batter. It will bring out the flavors and sweetness. It will make your other ingredients really shine.
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