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Sugar Cookies Recipe for Kiddos

Sugar cookies with glaze and sprinkles

For me, and I believe most people, the holidays are all about getting together as a family and catching up. As an adult, this is usually centered around a good meal and maybe a drink or two.

Butter and sugar in a mixing bowl

Add butter and sugar to a bowl

It’s a bit different though for catching up with the kids in my family. I always like to try and plan a fun activity that I can do with them to get them involved in something other than a screen.

Cream butter and sugar together

These roll-out cookies are the perfect thing. They have basic ingredients and are very easy to mix together. In fact, you can even let the kids help (breaking eggs, etc.) But the real fun is when it comes to rolling out and cutting the cookies.

Mixing bowl with creamed butter and sugar with egg added

Add egges to the creamed mixture

Pick up a few cheap rolling pins and give each kid a hunk of dough. Let them roll out the dough however they want and then cut out whatever shapes they choose. I don’t know a single kid who wouldn’t love the opportunity to make their own cookies.

Heck. I still like to do it as well!

Sugar cookie dough mixed

Mixed dough

The other nice thing about these cookies is they cook fast (about 8 minutes) so there isn’t a lot of waiting around.

Discs of sugar cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill

When they come out of the oven, you can decorate them however you want! I tried to keep my version pretty clean with a simple white icing and sprinkles, but as you can imagine, kids will let their imaginations go wild!

Cookie cutters laid out on sugar cookie dough

The fun begins! Cutting out shapes with cookie cutters

Tray of baked sugar cookie cut outs

Baked and cooled cookies

Sugar cookies with glaze and sprinkles

Glaze and decorate with your choice of toppings

Have fun with these cookies!

Sugar Cookies Recipe for Kiddos

Sugar Rollout Cookies Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 8 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes + Resting time

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Quick Frosting glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar until it’s a fluffy pale yellow mixture.
  2. Add in eggs, mixing one at a time, followed by vanilla.
  3. In a smaller separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Then mix flour mixture into the creamed butter. Mix until dough is thick and in large pieces.
  4. Split dough into two balls and wrap with plastic wrap. Let chill for at least an hour.
  5. When ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cover a few baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Working with one dough ball at a time, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Then cut out cookies using your favorite shapes. Get help from the kids!
  7. Transfer cookies to baking sheets and optionally dust with coarse sugar. Bake for 7-8 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  8. Remove cookies, let them cool, and then frost them and design however you want!