This Valentine's Day, the girls asked if I would make sugar cookies so they could decorate them for their Dad. Of course I obliged with my go-to sugar cookie recipe. We love those soft, fluffy cookies from the grocery store and this is the closest I've come to replicating them at home. These take a little bit of effort but I think they're worth it.

For the cookies you will need:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Additionally you will need:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour

Begin by combining the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Mix the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy. Add each egg one at a time, beating it in before adding the next one. Add the vanilla.

Start mixing in the dry ingredients a little at a time until it's all mixed in. Your dough will be sticky.

Scoop out the dough and roll it up in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Pop it in the freezer for at least an hour. Two hours would be ideal, but if you're short on time one hour should be fine.

Once your dough is nice and firm, combine the 1/4 cup of flour and the 1/4 cup of powdered sugar in a small bowl. Divide your dough into 4 equal pieces. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sprinkle your work surface with the flour/sugar mixture. Dust your hands with it and begin gently kneading the first piece of dough adding in more flour/sugar as needed. This stuff will be really sticky at first. You won't need to work it too much, we just want some of the stickiness to go away so we can roll it easier.

Dust your rolling pin and roll out your dough. It's best if you leave your dough's thickness at about or just under 1/4". This will make the cookies soft and fluffy. Cut out your shapes and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with each piece of dough.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. These cookies will not brown very much, they may not even brown at all. Do not overcook them or you'll get hard biscuits instead of soft cookies! Allow your cookies to cool and then frost.

We used store bought frosting and sprinkles.

These cookies are our favorite at holidays and for birthdays. They are soft and fluffy and aren't too sweet. Enjoy!

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