The kids and I recently enjoyed making this easy sugar cookies recipe inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s classic old fashion sugar cookie recipe (found in her amazing cookbook, Baking).
This lemon vanilla bean sugar cookies recipe is the best sugar cookies recipe that I have ever tasted!
We’ve all had a bad sugar cookie. Tasteless yet super-sweet, it’s enough to make you think that the only reason sugar cookies exist is to look pretty and induce sugar comas.
These are not those sugar cookies.
These lemon vanilla bean sugar cookies are subtle and sophisticated, and while you can increase the sweetness by added on a swirl of icing, they are just as pretty without it.
I wouldn’t describe them as an old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe because they are roll-out cookies, not drop cookies, but the flavour profile is rich and the texture is wonderfully chewy.
But my favourite thing about this easy sugar cookies recipe is that they can be made in the kids kitchen!
The children helped me with every step of this recipe, except for tasks involving the oven!
This was a wonderful sensory experience combined with teaching kids kitchen skills (I do love my practical life lessons).
Next, we creamed the sugar with 1 and 1/4 cups of butter, added 3 generous teaspoons of vanilla extract, and then cracked in 3 eggs. (Ideally, you would use 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks, but this was easier with the kids and only slightly effects the chewy texture.)
In a separate bowl, we combined the remaining dry ingredients and then mixed the contents of the two bowls together.
Next, have the kids help you form the dough into two to four large balls (four is easier to work with). You can form them into “bricks” or leave them as balls of dough – either way, wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least two hours (I prefer overnight).
After they have been set, unwrap, roll out to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut out using your favourite cookie cutters.
Bake on lined baking sheets at 350F for 10 minutes. I prefer to use reusable silicone mats rather than parchment paper, but use what works for you. (I just love those vanilla bean flecks against the white cookie dough!)
Cool completely on cooling racks, and then decorate if desired.
You can find a printable recipe card of this easy sugar cookies recipe below: