**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough is available near the end of this post.
This is what I wrote in 2013:
I think most of you probably already know that, years ago, I once had my own cookie business. But if you don’t, let me tell you a little story…
It all started after a bakery I was working at closed their doors for business. I didn’t start working there in any capacity other than the behind the counter girl/cashier.
I loved my time there but ultimately wanted to be behind the scenes baking and decorating those wonderful confections that were so very popular with the customers. When times were slow I’d hang out in the kitchen washing dishes and would watch and learn from the head baker/decorator (Daphne) her tips and tricks for turning out lovely desserts.
When the bakery had to close, I wasn’t ready to give up my piping bags just yet. The timing was quite perfect as we had just remodeled our small non-functional kitchen into something much larger and much more user-friendly.
It was at that point that I’d decided I’d step up to the plate and try my hand at creating my own cookie business, out of my home kitchen. Thankfully, with the bakery closing, I was able to purchase many of their items (baking sheets, cookie boxes etc.) at a deeply discounted price so I could start my business almost immediately without having to shell out all sorts of additional cash for tons of supplies.
But first I had to come up with very my own recipe for the cookies (and icing) as I didn’t want to use the one the bakery had used. I knew I could do better with just a little bit of tasting and testing. Not long after, I was ready for business.
In order to gain customer visibility, I had asked my friends Tracey and Michael if they’d be willing to display my cookies in their local party rental store. I offered to coordinate my cookies to their paper goods for all sorts of different occasions.
In a small way, it would also benefit them and their rapidly growing business by offering something different to their clients that other rental stores didn’t. They kindly said yes and I was off and running.
Over the next few years, as my business grew, I decided that it was time to take more of a concrete stand in the running of a reputable food business.
I took the proper courses and received my Illinois Food and Sanitation license (still good through 2015 I might add). Don’t ever let it be said that I only do things only halfway. When I decide to jump, I use both feet and make the largest splash I can. Not always smart, but it’s how I roll 🙂
I was also extremely fortunate in finding a local catering kitchen in my own hometown that allowed me to rent a tiny bit of kitchen space on a month-to-month basis. It was there that I’d spend my mornings, preparing my dough (recipe to follow) along with cutting and baking my cookies.
Then I would pack everything up, cling wrapping my baked cookies and transporting them home where I would ultimately work in my own home kitchen doing all the decorating and packaging. It was exhausting and my poor and achy feet were letting me know that they were not happy with the current situation. Ouch!
All during my time as a cookie artist I was making wonderful friends and connections in the decorated cookie community with the help of twitter and facebook.
I can not explain to you how important it was for me to feel like a valued part of this ever-growing community of wonderfully creative women. Many of these valued connections I made I still have today, even though our shared commonality of cookie decorating has faded away. One of those such connections is Bridget, of Bake At 350.
Bridget is one of the nicest and sweetest cookie people I know and her talent knows no boundaries. At one point, she had even invited me to become a cookie “professor” on a website she was hosting at the time called “University Of Cookie”. Needless to say, I was honored.
I’ve always admired Bridget’s creative cookies so when she came out with her very own cookie decorating book last fall I jumped at the chance to own one. If you’re interested in winning your very own copy of Bridget Edward’s book “Decorating Cookies”, hold on because I’m offering one free copy to someone at the very end of this post and it’s the perfect accompaniment to the cookie recipe I’m sharing with you today.
But, back to my story…and the recipe for Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style which you’ve been waiting so patiently for…LOL!
With my poor old feet begging me to sit, I decided to break out the paintbrushes and try something new. I began painting my iced cookies with a mixture of food coloring and water.
To my knowledge, it’s something that had not been seen much in the cookie world at that time. This brainstorm worked in two ways: It satisfied my long lost desire to get back to painting (my first passion), and it stops my dogs from barking (i.e. my feet). Not my real dogs, they bark all the time. LOL.
Here are a few examples of the painted cookies I was doing at the time:
Who knew that painting on cookies would have renewed my love of painting so strongly?
It wasn’t long before I realized just how much I missed the brushes and paints and shortly thereafter, I hung up my cookie apron and decided to fully pursue my first true love of painting.
There are many things I’m thankful for spending so many years baking and decorating those little edible works of art, and there are still times now and then when I miss my old cookie days.
Naturally, I miss the bond I shared with all those talented women who are continually breaking new ground in the edible cookie art community.
I have the utmost respect for all of the talented cookie artists in the world and the amount of time and effort they spend on each and every little sugar cookie creation!!!
It’s been almost 4 years since I’ve decorated cookies and was just recently asked to make cookie favors for my niece’s bridal shower. While I would have never shared my recipe before, with this special request… NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME!
I know that you’ll find this recipe is one of the best tasting sugar cookie recipes around! To this day people still tell me they crave the taste of my cookies.
Other than the amazing flavor and delicate crumb these cookies possess, what you’ll really appreciate is that they hold their shape during baking, which is essential for good sugar cookie decorating!
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough.
- 2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the egg, cream, and lemon zest.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add the flour in thirds to the creamed butter mixture just until the ingredients are blended, making sure not to over beat the dough.
Form the dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill or freeze until ready to use.
Roll the dough to 1/8″ inch, cut with desired cutters and bake in a 350-degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Oops. Out of sequence. I forgot to show you the color of doneness you’re looking for when your cookies are perfectly baked!
YUM! YUM! Now you have the perfect sugar cookie recipe to either start your own decorated sugar cookie company, or just make some really great cookies for your family and friends!
The only other thing you’ll still need are some terrifically cute designs and loads and loads of cookie decorating tips and inspiration.
But, guess what? I’ve got your back on this!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and recipe for Best Ever Cutout Sugar Cookie Dough Kudos Kitchen Style as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.
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