This is the best sugar cookie recipe – our family has been making it for generations – many years of cookies being decorated for any occasion. As the girls got older, the competitions heated up for making the most creative cookie.
Preheat oven to 375
3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
pinch of salt
Cream butter well, adding sugar. Beat until well incorporated then beat in eggs. Whip until light and fluffy.
Sift dry ingedients together and add to butter mixture. Knead well, adding flour until dough is soft and easy to work with. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and put in fridge for one hour before rolling.
Roll out on lightly floured surface and using cookie cutters, cut out shapes.
Our family isn’t really crazy about icing, so we always decorate the cookies at this point with egg paint.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes
Separate yolks and whites into separate bowls. It doesn’t take much so you can make 2 colors out of each egg white, and 2 from each egg yolk. Beat each bowl lightly with a fork, adding 1 tbsp of water to each. Separate into small containers so you can make 4 different colors. Using food coloring add until you get the color you like. With the egg yolk make sure to choose a color that will work with yellow! Using paint brushes, decorate the cookies while raw, then bake.