Guys I started a diet today, it’s the worst. For the last month or so, I have given into my cravings of queso, cookies, queso, gummy bears, queso, adult beverages, and queso and it has been glorious. Work has been crazy for the last 6 weeks or so, and I’ve been lazy when it comes to eating. Then my parents came and needed all of the amazing Texas food they don’t get to eat regularly; I haven’t eaten that much Whataburger or pie (from House of Pies obvs) in a long time. But now I have to be all responsible and stuff because HEALTH. BUTTTT these cookies that I have for you today are so good. I love cut out cookies because it’s fun to roll dough out, eat the extra, and make FUN shapes with food. I may or may not be a four year old and I am definitely NOT SORRY. Two of my little baby freshmen got their Fightin’ Texas Aggie Rings a few weeks ago and I couldn’t go to their dunk because ADULTING so I did the next best thing – mailed them cookies. I made little Texas cookies AND the perfect Aggie cookie – longhorns with the horns sawed off. I had way too much fun breaking the little horns on those bad boys, but again, not sorry. The cookie dough is PERFECTION. And Texas is like a really weird shape – if this dough can hold that shape, it can do anything. Or holds magical powers which is also possible. Icing recipe is here!
Side note – if you’re on the diet struggle bus like I am, don’t forget to check out my one pan and salad recipes – tons and tons of healthy stuff that tastes like you’re cheating (but you’re totally not). This, this, this, this, and this are some of my favorites.
Side side note – cookies are good for the soul, so make sure you make these ASAP and enjoy them in moderation :)
Flawless Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Yield: about 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 90 minutes Cook Time: 8-11 minutes
What you need:
- 3 cups AP flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 heaping tablespoons non-pareils sprinkles
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whisk flour, baking powder, and sprinkles together in a medium bowl; set aside
- In a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until very fluffy
- Add sugar and mix until combined and smooth
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat well
- Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture and beat until full incorporated
- Turn the dough out onto your counter and divide in half
- Roll each half of the dough into a big ball and place into a large ziploc baggie and seal
- Flatten the dough in the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 – I refrigerated for about an hour
- Lightly flour your work surface and remove the dough from the fridge; preheat the oven to 350*
- Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough and roll the dough out until it’s about half an inch thick
- Cut the cookies out and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake the cookies for 8-11 minutes depending on the cookie cut out size. The Texas ones took about 10 minutes and the longhorns took about 8
- Frosting is totally optional, these are delicious as is!
This recipe is adapted from Glorious Treats.