Sparkling Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Sparkling Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are one of the most simple yet deliciously addictive cookies, especially during the Holidays. There's not a season that goes by where I don't find myself sitting with a handful of way too many sugar cookies, after way too big of a meal, happily eating every last crumb.

The whiteness of snow and the warm, sugary, vanilla scent in the air also come to mind when I think of these classic cookies; this recipe captures all of these senses in one tiny cookie. It's also a fun one to make with the entire family in the kitchen playing their part. Enjoy!

by Craig Chapman


2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup (stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.

Beat in the egg and vanilla.

Gradually blend in the the dry ingredients until fully blended with wet ingredients.

Round teaspoons full of dough in to balls and place on un-greased cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. 

Top each dough ball with clear sugar sprinkles, we use Wilton White Sparkling Sugars. This gives the cookies that snow-like sparkle.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.

Remove from oven. Let cookies stand on the cookies sheet for a few minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool.

Mmmmmmm, cookie!