I made sugar cookies many times over the years for Christmas and birthdays. They were very simply done. I kinda just winged it. One Christmas I decided that I wanted to learn how to really do it and make my cookies amazing. I started googling and reading absolutely everything that I could find. My cookie obsession was born that December.
I found that there are a lot of recipes out there for cookies and icing. There are a lot of different techniques too. Everyone does things in a way that works for them. Not everything I tried worked for me. It took (and still takes) a lot of experimentation to get the best results. Choose a recipe and get started. If it doesn't turn out exactly the way you'd like, make a few changes and try again.
I'm often asked what recipes I use. I'll list the cookie recipes here along with others that I plan to use someday. I'll keep updating it as I find and try more. I hope you find it useful!
Part 2: Icing recipes
Part 3: Cookie and Icing Tutorials
Sugar Cookie Recipes . . .Sugarbelle has two posts about her recipe. They're both filled with great tips. She uses powdered sugar in her recipe.
How to Bake the Perfect Sugar Cookie
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe
No Fail Sugar Cookies is a very popular recipe (also known as NFSC). I often use this one, but reduce the amount of baking powder.
Lilaloa's Vanilla Variation
Cookie Crazie's Sugar Cookie Recipe - she uses sour cream
Bake at 350's Sugar Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipes . . .Glorious Treats Chocolate Rolled Cookie Recipe
Lilaloa's End-All for Chocolate Cookies Recipe
A Variety of Flavors Cookie Recipes . . .Sugarbelle has several . . .
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Lemon Poppy Seed Cookie Recipe
Red Velvet Roll-Out Cookie Recipe
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Brown Sugar Roll-Out Recipe - This one I tried and loved. It's perfect for fall. It tastes like an apple cookie, though there are no apples in it.
I am Baker's Red Velvet Cookie Recipe
If you're new to cookieing, just choose a recipe above and go for it! Let me know how it goes!