There are two kinds of sugar cookies -drop cookies and cut out cookies. Now cut out cookies are great, you can cut them into cute shapes and you can have fun getting creative with the decorations. But the reality is, cut out cookies (also called rolled out cookies) require a lot more time and effort than a drop cookie.
There are a lot of steps involved - you have to make the dough, refrigerate the dough, roll the dough, cut the cookies, and then bake them. Then you have to put the dough back in the fridge until your cookies come out of the oven so you can start the process all over again. Just writing all of those steps out was exhausting. So while there is a time and a place for cut out sugar cookies, drop cookies are REALLY the way to go. Why? Because all you have to do is make the dough and bake them. Easy and delicious. Simple as that.
So for Valentine’s Day, I decided to take my favorite drop sugar cookies and dress them up for the holiday. This drop sugar cookie recipe gives you a super soft and pillow like cookie. They do have a slight crunch on the edge - but for the most part, it is just that pillowy goodness. They are also pink. And I love pink desserts.
Now, HOW pink you want your cookies is totally up to you. I made two versions here to show you the difference between a “soft pink” food coloring and an “electric pink” food coloring. Obviously the more food coloring you put in, the stronger your color will be.
I add the food coloring in before the dry ingredients. I do this to prevent myself from overmixing the dough once the flour is incorporated. This is something you want to avoid. Overmixing causes more air to get incorporated into your dough which results in a thinner and crispier cookie. That means you will not get to enjoy the pillowy goodness that makes this cookie so amazing!!!
As for the white chocolate and sprinkles, that is totally optional. But I think this addition makes these cookies look pretty darn cute.
*Makes about 20 cookies
omg these are so cuuute! once 8th grade stops keeping on my toes, I think I'll give these ones a try!
Yay! I think you are going to love them! They are delicious.
Hey! I’m confused with step 1 & 2 ...when does that go into the mixer ?
Hi Jessika! Thanks for pointing that out! Somehow all the instructions got mixed up. (Technology is the WORST sometimes!) I have now put them back in the correct order.
How much flour do I use. It doesn’t say on the ingredient list.
Sorry about that Madisen! I updated the recipe. It is 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour.
These are adorable and sound delicious! Can I just used all vanilla extra? Or do I need to use that and imitation vanilla?
You can just use vanilla extract. That is totally fine! The imitation vanilla just makes them a bit sweeter.
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