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3 Tricks For Making The Best Looking Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are one of the best holiday cookies around. You can make custom-shaped cookies for all sorts of holidays, from Valentine's Day to St. Patrick's Day to Halloween. Here are a few tricks that you should know in order to get the best-shaped sugar cookies.

Help Your Sugar Cookies Keep Their Shape

When you make sugar cookies, you want them to keep their shape after you use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes for your cookies. If your sugar cookies do not keep their shape, you need to change how you prepare your dough for your sugar cookies.

After you make the dough, roll it right out and then use your cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Immediately after you cut the cookie shape, put the shapes on a baking sheet, and put the cookies in the freezer for ten minutes. When you pull the cookies out of the freezer, put them right into the oven.

Don't put the dough into the freezer to cool it down before you roll it and cut out the shapes; put the dough in the freezer after you cut out the shapes.

Keep Your Oven at The Right Temperature

Make sure that you set your oven to the temperature indicated on the sugar cookie recipe. Do not turn the temperature up on the oven just to make your cookies cook faster. When you turn the heat up too high, this can result in the cookies actually spreading too thin.

You should take your sugar cookies out of the oven as soon as they have a little color, but not too much. They should look a little cracked in the middle of the cookie. Allow the sugar cookies to set for a few minutes before you take them off of the pan.

Watch Your Ingredients

Be precise when you make your sugar cookies. Measure the ingredients out exactly as indicated in the recipe. When rolling out the dough, use as little flour as possible.

If you use too much flour in your sugar cookies, they will become dry and crumbly instead of soft and moist. If you use too much butter or sugar, your cookies may not keep their shape well when baked. Make sure that the butter you are using has softened at room temperature, but has not melted.

Make sure that you measure your ingredients, and don't add too much extra sugar, butter, or flour to your dough if you want your cookie to hold their unique and fun shapes.

To help your sugar cookies retain their shape, chill the dough after you cut out the shapes and before you cook the cookies. Don't turn up the temperature on the oven, and pull the cookies out when they are looking just a little golden. And be careful with the ingredients you use in order to get the best looking sugar cookies