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    Default looking for easy sugar cookies

    DS wants to do sugar cookies and I like the decorating process, but the dough prep is too much right now. Usually I use a delicious Martha Stewart sugar cookie recipe for our holiday sugar cookies, but it is very time consuming (as you can image, I do everything except harvest the sugar cane and the wheat)

    I do not have the time or patience to deal with it. I am generally hesitant to use the quick route, but I really don't want to spend so much time trying to get this right (Day for preparing the dough and letting refrigerate overnight, next day for cutting and baking, and the following day for frosting)

    So which is better the betty crocker mix or the Pillsbury refrigerated dough? Or is there a super easy recipe that you know of. I am willing to anything except buy the precooked cookies. (Though if I think about it too hard, I might just do that.)

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    I use the Alton Brown one, its pretty straight-forward.
    Sugar Cookies Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network

    I made 5 batches (3 recipes worth) last week hoping I could get ahead of DH and the boys eating them before we got to the frosting stage, and it hasnt happened yet.

    I used to buy the refrigerated dough cookies, but they taste too chemically for me now. Even the granolay *organic* one from our local Sprouts.
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    This is my favorite. But you will only end up with round cookies (so good if you won't want to roll stuff out, bad if you want shapes).

    Soft Sugar Cookies IV Recipe -

    ETA: It has been a while since I made these, but I'm thinking I use all butter, because I don't really ever use shortening.
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    I've dome the ones that come in a rectangle where you break off a square and eat it... I mean cook it. They were okay. The Betty Crocker ones are pretty good. I made those last year and the year before. I only had to try twice to get the 15 edible ones I needed for the cookie exchange :-/
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    I find my go-to sugar cookie recipe fairly easy. This has been used by at least 3 generations.

    1 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1 cup sugar
    3 eggs
    3.5 cups flour
    2 t. baking powder
    1.4 t. vanilla

    Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend dry ingredients and mix with butter mixture. Chill (I leave it in the bowl I mixed in and cover with plastic wrap) at least a half hour to be able to work with it and roll it out. When rolling out for cut-out cookies, go to about 1/4 inch thickness. You'll need some extra flour to roll out on. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes, depending on size of cookie.

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    No Fail Sugar Cookies Recipe

    I've used this one for years. Goes together pretty quick with a KitchenAid. I make it then pop it in the fridge and roll/bake the next day. Sometimes I'll freeze it a week or two ahead....just thaw in the fridge and roll/bake the next day. Perfect for decorating and a big batch!

    I think you're gonna have to go through the chill then roll/bake step....otherwise you get mush. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    So which is better the betty crocker mix or the Pillsbury refrigerated dough?
    I've never used the mix (if I was doing that, I would just make my own), but the refrigerated Pillsbury in the large tub works fine, tastes okay, and (back then...about 6y ago) didn't have anything too scary in the ingredients. We had traveled to MO to visit relatives and decided to have a cookie decorating party for the kids. I didn't want to waste the time with mixing dough cause of the kids, so I picked up a couple tubs of the dough. It worked fine. Kids were happy that they got to go straight into the cutting and baking.

    Hope that answered your question.
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    Mariam, please be aware that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And I don't have any life-altering issue to use as an excuse. It's Scrooge Season here 24/7/next 10 days.

    I will do spritz cookies mainly because it only requires cleaning the spritz device. But if I had to do a chill-first cookie...I am down with something like Rebecca's refrigerated cookie that gets rolled up in parchment or waxed paper and is cut/cooked as needed.
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    Thanks for the suggestions and support!

    I decided to go with the Betty Crocker mix. I looked for the refrigerated, tub cookie dough and couldn't find it and the tubes didn't have instructions for rolling, so I didn't want to screw them up, on top of being lazy.

    The mix has instructions for rolled cookies. After reading the instructions, it will cut hours off my prep time and DS will be able to make the cookies.

    DS just wants to decorate xmas cookies and give some to his friends. My inner Martha will just have to deal this year.

    I will post photos after decorating is done!

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    Follow-up report

    The Betty Crocker mix was easy to use and the cookies are pretty good considering.

    The dough is a little soft, so detailed cookies cutter shapes did not hold their shape well. If you use this mix, stay with simple shapes. But overall, they turned out well. Also they spread much more than expected, so I had to put fewer cookies on a sheet at a time. Once I figured this out, it went pretty smoothly.

    DS was happy with the cookies, which is what I wanted to focus on. We are decorating them today. Photos forthcoming.

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