My children love baking any biscuits and these sugar cookies are great! If you are like me and really impatient then this is the sugar cookie recipe for you as, unlike most recipes, you don’t have to chill them in the fridge before popping them in the oven. Most importantly, they don’t spread/lose their shape so they are great for decorating. The recipe taken is from The Pink Whisk AKA Ruth Clemens who came 2nd place in the first series of GBBO so needless to say they taste great too! Click here to go to the recipe on her website.

The ingredients are really simple:

  • 220g softened butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 425g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Onto the super simple method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted)

Cream the sugar and butter

Beat in the vanilla extract and egg

Add in the flour and work it into a dough

Sprinkle some flour onto your work top and roll out some of your dough. You are best to split the dough into 2 or 3 portions rather than working with the whole lot together as it will start to tear when you move it.

The dough will be a bit sticky so knead it in the flour a few times until it becomes smoother and pliable.

Roll the dough out evenly (to about 4mm) and then get cutting your shapes – we used some Lego and unicorn cookie cutters. If you are cutting out delicate shapes then use a palette knife to lift them up so the shape doesn’t distort.

Pop your cookies on a lined baking tray and bake for around 8-10 minutes. Our cookies were big and took 12 minutes to bake. If you have still got lots of cookie dough left over, you can make some more cookies or wrap the dough and pop it in the freezer for another time. Don’t put the dough in the fridge though or else it will take on a grey tinge.

Your cookies will go a light golden color around the edges when they are done. Leave them for 5 minutes to cool on the tray before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Once cool, decorate them however you like :). We rolled out some sugar paste icing for the lego cookie cutters and I piped some royal icing on the unicorns for them to be decorated in sprinkles. Melted chocolate drizzled on would also be delicious too or you could even just scoff them undecorated!

Enjoy!

Kerry, Alex & Sophie xoxo