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In search of a really great sugar cookie recipe

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mariannas Mar 8, 2008 11:40 PM

Yes, I know...it's not Christmas, but I will be meeting up with a friend in about a month and I'd like to make some glazed sugar cookies for her daughter.

Anyways, I'm looking for a sugar cookie recipe that produces a nice, thick, almost cake-like cookie. I'm not looking for crunchy - just soft and think enough to hold a nice glaze. I'm not the world's best baker in that I can't sift through recipes and know which ingredients will yield this sort of cookie so I am putting the call out for some help.

Any suggestions? Helpful hints?

  1. Tehama Mar 10, 2008 05:56 AM

    Hi Maiannas: I love Alton Brown's sugar cookie recipe on foodtv.com. It is just what you want... it can be rolled out nice and thick so it is really cakey. I have iced these cookies before and they have always been a huge hit. I make them more often for other occasions than Christmas to tell you the truth. They keep well, too.

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      lstormont Mar 9, 2008 06:28 PM

      6 cups flour
      3 tsp. baking powder
      2 cups butter
      2 cups sugar
      2 eggs
      2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring
      1 tsp. salt

      Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

      Chill for 1 to 2 hours

      Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.

      I usually roll mine between sheets of parchment paper to avoid using extra flour.

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        mariannas Mar 9, 2008 06:37 PM

        Thank you both! I should probably try a couple of recipes and see which one is the closest to what I am looing for.

        Modthyrth, can you still cut shapes out of your soft cookies at all (I want to use a really general star-shapped cutter, nothing with too many details).

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        modthyrth Mar 9, 2008 05:52 PM

        We're at the cabin right now, and I don't have access to my recipe box. But I have a delicious, cake-like soft sugar cookie recipe. I also have a wonderful one for cutting into shapes and decorating, but the soft version has always been my favorite. I'll post it as soon as we're back in town tomorrow night.

        1. 4maxwelz Mar 9, 2008 03:19 PM

          My husband swears by Cook's Illustrated for this one. It's in our Best Recipe cookbook. You can get it on their website, too. Might need to sign-up for it, though.

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            mariannas Mar 9, 2008 04:10 PM

            I will definitely check them out. Thank you!!! Do you know if they come out more cake-like?

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              kpzoo Mar 9, 2008 06:42 PM

              I too swear by the CI sugar-cookie recipe, and yes, they are a bit cake-like. Soft and fluffy and just a tad chewy. Never tried to glaze them, but I don't see why it'd be a problem. (Their brown-sugar cookie recipe is also to-die-for!) These are not the kind of cookies you roll out and cut with cookie-cutters though, if that's what you're looking for. You roll them into little separate balls and push down on the tops w/a glass. Good luck! It's in the Nov/Dec 2002 issue.

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            mariannas Mar 9, 2008 01:05 PM

            Anyone?

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