From the time that they were little my kiddos have loved these soft and tender sugar cookies better than any other! Probably because it was the first cookie for each of them...
I was one of those crazy moms that didn't give my little ones any refined sugar until their first birthday. And Mom would always make it a special event by baking up a batch of these and giving them a simple sprinkle of sparkling sugar on top. Perfectly simple, perfectly wonderful!
And whether you prefer them simply sprinkled with sugar, or want to throw caution to the wind and decorate, these are the sugar cookies that always disappear first! When I'm decorating with little ones, I prefer to use a "bakery style" frosting and let them swirl and twirl the frosting and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles. So messy, and so dang much fun! And if I have an afternoon to myself, I love taking the time to frost and decorate with Easy Royal Icing. And have lots of fun with holiday sprinkles!
Mom also used these sugar cookies as the base for her Date Filled Sugar Cookies. Simply cut the cookie dough into 3-inch circles and place a spoonful of date filling between two cookies, sprinkle with sparkling sugar and bake just until the edges start to turn golden. So soft and good!
And the next time you have one of those store-bought iced sugar cookies and wonder how impossibly hard it would be to make them at home, you've now got the perfect recipe for the perfect Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies, and our favorite Bakery Frosting and Easy Royal Icing.
Thanks Mom! Your sugar cookie legacy will live on and always remind us of you!