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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sugar Cookies {to go along with Glacé Icing}

*Note Added 6/2/2011: I've had a few people ask about my CTR shaped cookie cutter, look below for pictures and an explanation of how it was done.

Some people like sugar cookies soft and others like a harder cookie. I like both. Here is a recipe for a great crisp and buttery sugar cookie. But they can also be made thick n' chewy - just depends on how thick you roll out the dough (and the baking time will vary just slightly depending on how thick you roll them out).

I used this recipe to make my CTR cookies with Glacé Icing - I rolled them thin. And the recipe made 30 CTR shaped cookies. So that just gives you an idea of how much dough you'll want to make.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup real butter (no substitutions!)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp extract (almond, vanilla, etc - use same extract flavor in Glacé Icing)
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy- about 2 minutes. Add in egg and extract and mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. An important note: It’s critical to measure your flour correctly or you will end up with a dry, crumbly dough/cookie. Never use your measuring cup to scoop up flour. Use a spoon and spoon the flour into the cup and then level it off with a flat edge.

Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture and mix until combined.

Chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour, or use this great tip from to make things easier:

When your dough is made, instead of putting it in the fridge, immediately roll between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about 20-30 minutes and then start cutting it out. This way it chills faster and the bonus is that you don’t need to add extra flour to roll it out. If you don’t use this tip, proceed as follows:

When you’re ready to roll out dough lightly sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out dough with a rolling pin.

Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. The baking time depends on how you like them. If you like them thick and chewy then 8-9 minutes does it. If you like them crisp and buttery, then 10-12 minutes does the trick.

Cool before frosting! Enjoy!

Recipe Source:

CTR-Shaped Cookie Cutter
My mom is a clever lady and she made this CTR-shaped cookie cutter. I haven't been able to find one online that you can buy, but if anyone finds one and wants to share in the comments, we'd love to know.

My mom took a small pineapple tid-bits can that was about 2 inches tall and cut both ends off of it. Then with some pliers she bent it into the CTR shield shape.


  1. Your cookies turned out pretty! I like the CTR in Korean one--I'm guessing Steven made that one!

  2. Steven showed me on paper how to write CTR in Korean! I thought it was cool! He let his Dad eat it since he knows Korean too! :)

  3. Love this cookie recipe! I use it ALL. THE. TIME! I especially love the rolling between wax paper tip! It's a huge time and mess saver! Love the tip on making your own cutters!

  4. I found a cookie cutter that would work online. :) Just thought i would pass it along...these cookies are SOOOO Cute!

  5. Thanks for sharing Shelley! That is the perfect shape!

  6. Love the DIY cookie cutter idea. You rock!

  7. Jen, glad you like it! Hope you use it!

  8. the cookie cutter linked above is PERFECT (except for the fact that it is in Australia, and can only be shipped to Australia) =(

  9. Jonna, if you're looking to buy one, here is another one I found, but you have to buy the whole Hanukkah set:

  10. Thank you so much for the tin can idea. I have been searching for at least an hour for a CTR cookie cutter. Going to make one in the a.m!

  11. I absolutely LOVE this recipe!!! I tried it a few nights ago and it came out great for a trial batch. Thank you so much for posting this! Here is a website that sells the CTR sheilds:

  12. here is a link i found for cookie cutters but yours is great as well

  13. I found this link for cookie cutters but yours is great too.

  14. HI i too love this idea i looked and searched online and them came up with my own ctr cookie cutter as well, i from nz so i used a xmas "bell" cutter my husband shaped it into a ctr cookie cutter