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Sugar cookies are made with just sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking powder or baking soda. While the recipe seems simple enough, this unpretentious treat can be hard to get right. Don’t worry — The Daily Meal is here to share a few secrets on how to produce the perfect ones every time. With our help, sugar cookies will become your go-to dessert for backyard gatherings, birthday parties, and holidays.
According to The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, the first step towards making the perfect sugar cookie is to use superfine sugar. You can buy superfine sugar at the grocery store, or just pulse the sugar you have at home in a food processor for 30 seconds. Using superfine sugar in your recipe will give your cookie a crispier texture.
The second secret to making perfect sugar cookies has to do with the eggs. When the instructions say to use room-temperature eggs, you should listen. Room-temperature eggs shorten the amount of time that you need to mix the dough.
The last secret is to make sure that you mix your ingredients in the proper order. Begin by creaming the sugar and butter together, then add the room-temperature eggs and the vanilla. After sifting together the salt, baking powder, and flour, add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture to form the dough.
Now that you are armed with the secrets for making a perfect sugar cookie, we’ve provided you with a few recipes to try out.
Almond-Glazed Sugar Cookies
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These delicate, sweet almond cookies are sure to melt in your mouth. They taste delicious and look amazing — top each cookie with three almonds so they look like flowers. For the Almond-Glazed Sugar Cookies recipe, click here.
Country Crock Sugar Cookies
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Here we have a simple sugar cookie recipe that you can whip up in a jiffy. Use Country Crock or butter. For the Country Crock Sugar Cookies recipe, click here.