the perfect sugar cookie - no, seriously!

I have SO many memories of making Christmas cookies with my family. Some years we would whine and complain, not really knowing how hard my mom worked to get those cookies on the table. As an adult, I now owe my mom so many apologies because a good sugar cookie takes hard work and lots of time. So, Mom, I am sorry for the times I put up a fight, you are the reason my love for sugar cookies exist! My older sister even gifted me a Saguaro Cacti cookie cutter, because she knew I could find many uses for it! 

I had been on the search for the perfect sugar cookie for many years. I like mine semi soft and definitely not crunchy. I tend to over make these yummy cookies, and I am not apologizing for it. They are the perfect cookie to serve at a party, welcome a neighbor, or surprise your husband on your anniversary. I finally found the perfect recipe a few years back, courtesy of the blog "I Heart Naptime". First of all, we have the same last name, so it's meant to be, but mainly I love this blog's name. Naptime is king in my house and I am happy she feels the same way! I have changed the recipe slightly, so my version is below and hers is here

I have spoken about Lisa and Jay in my blog before, but I don't think I have given them enough spotlight. Lisa is my best friend, she is the calm to my storm and someone that I am thankful for, no matter what the season is! Jay is our barber, OK so much more than that. But, in all honesty the patience this man has with Luke in the chair is amazing. They are our Tucson family and we have so enjoyed starting and continuing traditions with them. Every year we hold a cookie decorating contest. Lisa takes this contest very seriously, and we all totally let her take the lead. She brings the BEST decor and very generously lets us use them! Equally as important are the cookies themselves, and I am responsible for those! 

 Make sure you scroll ALL the way to the bottom to help us choose this year's winner! 

Below is the recipe to the perfect sugar cookie and whipped buttercream icing. If you have a favorite cookie recipe, I would love for you to share it with me, but also give this one a try. You will LOVE it! 

The Perfect Sugar Cookie 


1 cup butter, at room temp
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
5 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


In a large mixer, add in butter and sugar. Mix for at least 4 minutes, it is SO important to mix the butter and sugar really well (this goes for any baking recipe). 

Once the mixture is well incorporated; add in the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Mix well. 

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add in the flour mixture to the mixer. Mix well! 

Separate the dough into small sections. Cover dough with flour, generously. Wrap the dough in wax paper and cover with saran wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or store in freezer until you are ready to roll out. 

Preheat oven to 350°
Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Traditionally, people recommend using flour to roll out the dough and keep the dough from sticking. I LOVE using powder sugar mixed with a little bit of flour. This adds a little bit of sweetness and works so well with the flour. Trust me on this one, it makes a huge difference!!

Buttercream frosting:

3/4 cup of butter
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 TB heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
food coloring and sprinkles


In a large mixer, add in butter and powdered sugar. 

Turn mixer on low and while the butter and sugar is mixing, slowly add in the heavy cream. Depending on how you like your frosting you may need slightly more or less, just wait for the consistency you like. 

Once incorporated, add in the vanilla, mix well. If you are using multiple colors, separate equal parts frosting into little containers and hand mix the food coloring. Let sit for a few minutes before applying to cookies. 

This frosting will appear slightly runny, when decorating, but it sets up perfectly and is SO good! 

Decorate and top with whatever fun sprinkles and decor you have!! 


Ok, now comes the fun part! Help us to decide who wins this years, "Best Cookie Award!" You can vote by commenting on the post, commenting on my Instagram post or commenting in Pinterest. While, you are there, make sure to follow me for all semibalancedmama updates! 

Voting ends on 12/12, may the best cookie win!

Happy decorating,