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Hints on how to get the thickest, softest, bakery style sugar cookies. It’s the best sugar cookie recipe around! If you love sugar cookies, see all of our recipes here.
You’re about to meet the best little sugar cookie your hands will ever hold. They hold true to the same characteristics of our bakery-style chocolate chip cookies: thick, lightly crisp around the edges, but oh, so soft and chewy in the middle.
Our sugar cookies might look like an average cookie, but today we’re sharing a few hints with you on how to make the best sugar cookie. A sugar cookie that is anything but average.
Why you’ll love this bakery style sugar cookie recipe:
Based off this chewy sugar cookie recipe and adapted it just a tad to give it unbelievable taste and texture. Yes, the recipe itself is extremely important, but the technique and ingredients are what you want to pay close attention to here.
A unique extract used that will have everyone asking and wondering what the flavor is.
Buttery and rich, these cookies stay soft for days.
Freeze the dough or freeze the baked cookies. Either works!
Two Key Ingredients
To start, you’ll make a sugar cookie dough just like you would any other cookie dough. Add the ingredients into a stand mixer and mix them well. There are a couple of key ingredients that you’ll want to note.
What gives these Bakery Style Sugar Cookies such a uniquely fresh taste isLorAnn’s Princess Cake & Cookie Bakery Emulsion. You can find this emulsion on Amazon, or in your local Hobby Lobby and sometimes even Walmart. It is described as “light and nutty” with “citrus and vanilla undertones”. Since most everyone uses vanilla in cookie recipes, this water-based emulsion gives a different taste that everyone loves. I am always asked what kind of flavoring I use in these cookies and today I’m giving away that secret.
Our second ingredient secret is European-style butter. It is churned with sweet cream and has a higher milk fat content which creates cookies that are unbelievably thick and rich.
You’ll notice that the emulsion has a hint of citrus. I also add in a touch of lemon juice. Don’t worry…the cookies are not going to be overpowering with lemon flavor. It’s just a subtle, bright, fresh flavor.
How to Make Bakery Style Sugar Cookies
The basic sugar cookie dough is easy, but there are a 4 tips when mixing the dough:
Use room temperature butter to mix the dough. Notice it’s not “softened” butter, because I don’t want you to melt the butter at all. Melting the butter will change the texture of the cookies. Set the butter out on the counter about 1 hour before you make the cookies and you’ll be set.
Mix with an electric mixer and paddle attachment. This will ensure all the butter and sugar (plus the other ingredients) get creamed well.
Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl during mixing. This is important to make sure all of the ingredients get mixed properly. Sometimes dry crumbs land on the bottom of the bowl and you’ll want to be sure to mix those in.
Refrigerate the dough. I know, I know. It’s not fun to wait for dough to chill, but for the thickest cookies possible, you’ll want to take the time to do this.
Let me quickly walk you through the technique of making the cookies. You’ll see that our method is similar to our other bakery style cookies.
Scoop the dough with a large ice cream scoop (ours is 1 1/2″ in diameter) and place the dough balls on a non stick baking sheet. You can also line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
Press them lightly with a glass that has been dipped in sugar.
Pop these pans of cookies into the fridge for at least an hour.
Brush the tops of the cookies with a bit of homemade buttermilk, made simply with heavy cream and vinegar. Don’t skip this step. This little trick makes the top of your cookies just perfect.
Sprinkle more sugar on top. Use colored sprinkles if you’d like. Perfect for showing holiday spirit!
Bake the cookies at 375ºF for 9-10 minutes. Don’t over bake them. Taking the cookies out just before they turn brown ensures that the cookies will be soft and chewy for days. If you can resist eating them, that is!
If you follow all of these steps closely, you’ll end up with cookies that will rival the best of bakery cookies.
Q: We’ve shared some things that make the perfect sugar cookie for us. What is your ideal sugar cookie?
Bakery Style Sugar Cookies
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Hints on how to get the thickest, softest, bakery style sugar cookies. It’s the best sugar cookie recipe around!
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, Princess emulsion and juice. Gradually blend in dry ingredients.
Scoop the dough into about 18 1-1/2" inch balls (about 53 grams each) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the top of each cookie with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar.
Refrigerate the cookies for at least 1 hour.
In a small bowl, combine the heavy cream and vinegar. This mixture will get very thick and curdle. Use a pastry brush to brush this mixture on top of the cookies.
Sprinkle the top of the cookies with extra granulated sugar or sprinkles.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, removing the cookies just before the edges get brown.
Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes, then move them to a flat surface to cool.
Store in an airtight container.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 18 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**
Well, these look good . Where are we supposed to get the European butter and the cake and coolie bakery emulsion? I don’t think I have ever seen it in our grocery stores. We have a pretty darn good grocery store and they do carry a lot of butters etc. this dough doesn’t look like it could be rolled out and used with a cookie cutter and is it a moist cookie?
I have learned so much! Not only will I be buying the butter (as soon as I find it at the store) but the emulsion too! Thanks for all the tips. Scheduled for FaceBook
When i could eat sweets — SUGAR COOKIES were my go-to for sure!!!!
European butter you don’t say? I have got to try this because they cookies look amazing!
Thank you for risking your waistline and your tastebuds to come up with the perfect recipe… it definitely looks like you succeeded. Isn’t it amazing how a small change like the kind of butter you use totally changes the results? I’ve turned into a total butter snob ever since I discovered a high-quality European butter that my local Costco carries. Now I just need to figure out where I can track down this magical emulsion!
Hey, I made this recipe this weekend and they are yummy but I think they lack some taste. I didn’t have the LorAnn Princess Cake & Cookie Bakery Emulsion, though I did have that same emulsion but I had the Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor from LorAnn so I used that and a little bit of vanilla. I’m from Belgium, so I guess I have European style butter. My cookies don’t really look the same though, they are thick but the top looks different. Will make them again with some more flavoring, maybe some of my measurements were off, really don’t… Read more »
Can you use this recipe to bake a smaller cookie (in size)? sounds delicious….already ordered the bakery oil
If you freeze these cookies, do you let them thaw completely like you do the chocolate chip cookies?
If I’m going to freeze the raw dough….do I still brush with the buttermilk prior to freezing? Or do I wait until they are thawed and before I bake them?
I made these today. Wonderful! I substituted some things. Forgot we were out of granulated sugar so I used powdered sugar instead. Used margarine, but did not add salt. Did not have the emulsion so doubled the Vanilla. Instead of the cream, regular milk with the vinegar to brush on. and did have enough granulated sugar to sprinkle. Did not chill dough. Turned out A+++++++ Real Bakery Stylesugar Cookies. Thanks this recipe is a keeper and The best one I happened upon so far ever!!!
The cookies tasted great. They were a little flat though. What did I do wrong?
I used Lurpak, a Danish butter.
Do you have a similar recipe that I can use to make cut out cookies? I see an earlier comment that this recipe wouldn’t work well for cutouts as they spread. Thanks!
This recipe looks very good…I’m going to make them for Christmas. I’m not much on lemon in my sugar cookies, what can I substitute for the lemon juice? More of the emulsion or vanilla extract?
Followed the recipe to the T and I can honestly say that these are the BEST sugar cookies I have EVER ate!!! One of my pet peeves is folks who change a recipe and then blame the inevitable results on the recipe! Made several batches for family and friends and now they all call me the sugar cookie king!!!