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useful tip tuesday: the perfect sugar cookies

My mom always hated making sugar cookies because they stuck to the table when you rolled them out and the ends always turned brown. Well – here are a few tips for making the perfect sugar cookies!

1) First of all – be patient. If the dough needs to be refrigerated, do it. This will allow the butter to solidify. If you bake them right away, they will not hold their shape! Follow the ingredient list EXACTLY. No exceptions.

2) Roll out small portions of the dough on a Silpat. If you don’t have one of these, you need one. They are amazing. Buy one here.

3) Use powdered sugar instead of flour – flour makes them taste drier and the sugar makes them sweeter!

4) Rotate the pans in the oven half-way through the baking cycle. Rotate them so the right side is now on the left and vice versa, and switch shelves. This ensures even baking and no brown edges.

5) Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool for 5 – 10 minutes after you pull them out of the oven. This prevents breaking and bending.

6) If you are giving them as gifts, let them sit over night without wrapping them. This will allow them to harden, therefore reducing the chance of breakage.

Voila! Perfect sugar cookies!

One Comment

  1. Rach wrote:

    Dang girlfriend, thoes cookies are PERFECT! Mine never look like that 🙂

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:57 am | Permalink

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