Organic Emily

Perfect Shortbread Sugar Cookies

Perfect Sugar Cookies

These are addictively delicious!  It’s also the reason why I don’t make them often!  You can make any shape for any holiday, but I think they make perfect Valentines treats! The reverse creaming method for this recipe prevents air bubbles in the cookie when baking, giving it a nice flat surface to ice.  Makes 3 dozen


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup organic sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

16 tablespoons softened butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons cream cheese softened

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

In an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix together the flour, sugar and salt.  Add the butter while the mixer is going, one tablespoon at a time.  Then add the cream cheese the same way.  Add the vanilla and mix until just combined and forms a cohesive ball.  Separate the dough into two pieces.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll dough out onto a well floured surface around 1/8-inch in thickness.  I’ve also made them thicker and they work well by adding another minute to the timer.  Cut out desired shapes and handle as little as possible.  Place cut out cookies on a greased cookie sheet and chill for another 10 minutes before baking for 10 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack and ice with glaze.


4 cups powdered sugar

6 tablespoons whole milk (almond milk works too)

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

1-2 teaspoons almond extract

Mix all ingredients together and separate into bowls if you are using multiple colors.  Ice as desired and enjoy!


Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 cute kids, yoga/pilates instructor and very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care products and her escapades as the keeper of both backyard chickens and honeybees!

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