Sugar Cookie Recipe

This holiday season I decided that I wanted to learn how to make pretty sugar cookies.

Lucky for me I know a couple of ladies who make gorgeous cookies and some are even in the cookie business.

I asked one of my friends if she would share her cookie recipe. This recipe came from Leigh-Ann aka Whisky Ginger. She uses some specialty ingredients that aren’t in my pantry so I adapted it to a commoners recipe and they are still delicious.

Emulsions and pastes can be found online and I saw them in Michaels recently too. Since the recipe worked with regular extracts I just buy them at Aldi and call it a day.

Every batch is spot on and this recipe has never failed me.


 2 sticks salted butter (cold and cubed)

1cup sugar

1 egg

1 TBSP almond extract (she uses 2 TBSP almond emulsion which I didn’t have and just use 1 TBSP almond extract )

1 TBSP vanilla extract ( she uses vanilla bean paste but I didn’t have that and just use vanilla extract )

2 tsp baking powder 

3 cups flour 

Parchment paper 

  1. Preheat oven 350
  1. Cream butter and sugar together 
  2. Add egg
  3. Add extracts and baking powder 
  4. Slowly add flour. Dough should be firm and crumbly at first then have a soft texture and not stick to the side of the bowl. If too sticky add one tsp at a time

Roll out on a floured surface with a rolling pin (if you don’t have a rolling pin try a wine bottle).

To keep the cookie dough level and the same thickness you can slide bands on your rolling pin. I didn’t have these initially but they are helpful to keep cookies even which is better decorating them. Here’s my affiliate link for bands

You can roll and cut right on the floured counter or use a pastry mat. I prefer the pastry mat because it keeps the counters clean and I can use the ruler for pretzels etc. Here’s my link for a similar large non stick silicone pastry mat

Cut cookies with cutters of your choice and put on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. TIP- A glass will cut a circle shape.

Freeze cookies 5 minutes in freezer then bake for 9 minutes.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Let them cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet.

Happy baking –


About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

Making our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so it is unique. Every detail in this home is aimed at creating our FOREVER home. I've worked on many of my homes and clients homes so theres plenty of inspirational for all home styles here!

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