Angel Sugar Cookies:Ree & Leigh{Anne}

I love sugar cookies.

In fact, if you remember, I went on a hunt for the perfect sugar cookie a while ago.  I think I found it but I am always open to a new sugar cookie recipe.

As much as I love sugar cookies I do not love rolling out sugar cookie dough and cutting out shaped cookies.  I will do it at Christmas but that’s about it!

So when I saw Pioneer Woman’s Angel Sugar Cookie recipe, sugar cookies that are just dropped onto the cookie sheet, I was excited!

Since Valentine’s Day and sugar cookies go hand in hand I decided that this week was the perfect time to give PW’s recipe a try.

I am also a fan of thinner, crisper sugar cookies.  I am usually not a fan of the thicker, heavier sugar cookies you find in the stores.

I was a little worried about PW’s version as they looked rather thick in the photo.   But as PW promised the cookies were light, crisp and melt in your mouth!

Sugar Cookie

Now as yummy as they were “naked”….


sugar cookie

…there is just something about a sugar cookie that says “frosting”.  A sugar cookie without frosting is just a little too naked!

So using the frosting recipe from my favorite sugar cookie I decided to dress up the cookies just a bit.  I love the dash of almond flavoring in this recipe but you could also use vanilla or even lemon.

Because these cookies are so light and crisp you need to be careful when frosting them.  Lay them flat on the counter  and press gently(do not hold them in your hand) when you frost so they don’t crumble under the pressure!  Because they crumble easily they will not travel well so you will just have to eat them all at home!!

Sugar Cookie

As I was low on time I didn’t do anything fancy – just a layer of frosting and a few sprinkles!

sugar cookie

It made a yummy sugar cookie even yummier!

I wanted to share the love and the cookies with my neighbors so I wrapped up a combination of frosted and unfrosted cookies for each of them!
sugar cookie

This dough does require an hour of refrigeration so plan ahead!

So commenting has been a bit light here on the old blog lately and I can tell from my stat count report that there are lots of you out there so how about showing me a little love today and leaving a comment?  I love comments!

Let me know what your favorite way to eat a sugar cookie is or just say hi!

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Pioneer Woman

Angel Sugar Cookies:Ree & Leigh{Anne}
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C canola oil
  • ½ lb. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar, plus extra for the tops of the cookies
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or could use almond)
  • 4 C plus 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. To make the dough, use a large mixing bowl and cream together the eggs, oil, butter, sugars and vanilla
  3. Add the rest of ingredients and mix well
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour
  5. Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop the balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet
  6. Smear a dab of butter on the bottom of a glass, then dip it in the granulated sugar
  7. Use the glass to flatten the balls of dough, dipping again into the sugar each time
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies are just barely turning brown around the edges
  9. Do not overcook and let cook before eating and/or frosting

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Darla says

    Hi Leigh Anne! I am REALLY enjoying your posts on Ree’s cookbook! Keep up your good work–you do a great job on all your blogs! :)

  2. Lisa says

    Hi Leigh Anne! I use my great-grandma’s recipe for Soft Sugar Cookies (with frosting). They are so simple and delicious! I have wonderful memories about making these with my grandma when I was little (long time ago!) They are still yummy, but not quite as good as when we made them together. Ree’s recipe looks great – I will definitely try them. It’s perfect baking weather here in PA since the blizzard of ’10! Please keep up your hard work at all your posts, I truly look forward to all of them! Hugs and thank you!

  3. says

    I need to try out more of Ree’s recipes. I love reading your reviews here.
    About sugar cookies….frosting & sprinkles (or jimmies if you’re in New England:)) are a must. My son’s pal brought our family these cookies for Valentine’s Day. It was such a nice treat! Your friends will love them.

  4. says

    Thank you for your introduction to the Pioneer Woman! I have attempted a few of her recipes you have posted…all with great sucess. I have now added her cookbook to my birthday wish list :)

    I look forward to you next delightful dish!!

  5. Ellen says

    Leigh Anne,
    As for the light comments, I for one can say I have been busy baking for out-of-town relatives coming this weekend. As always the treats and meals come mostly from you! Just finishing up my ginger snaps and am onto making some of your cupcakes, now!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  6. says

    What type of frosting did you use on the cookies that allowed you to stack them without them sticking together? It doesn´t look like royal icing, but my butter icings normally do not harden well.

  7. says

    So this comment isn’t about the cookies although they look fantastic! This comment is about the Penne a la Betsy in Ree’s cookbook. I made it for a VT lunch this week and it was a huge hit. Yummy. Give it a try.

  8. says

    I’m here and reading! I just made sugar cookies this week for my daughter’s kindergarten class to decorate for their Saint Valentine celebration. I had to make firm sugar cookies though as nice soft cookies would not have held up to kindergarten students frosting and decorating them!

  9. says

    I’m coming out of the woodwork and leaving a comment – I love your blog! Why is it that sugar cookies always taste so much better with pink frosting and sprinkles?

  10. Katherine says

    I’ve been meaning to comment for a while – I guess you just had to ask.
    I found your homebased portland a few months ago and I’ve been silently stalking ever since. It just so happens that we hope to be moving “back” to Portland in the near future, so I’m taking notes on all those restaurant suggestions :)
    Furthermore – small world. I mentioned your name to my MIL, who knows you through American Mothers (?) and my husband used to work with AFLAC in OR, so I’m sure we know many common people.
    Thanks for all your great posts – both here and your portland blog!

  11. Janell says

    These look delicious! Your pictures have inspired to make these this weekend! I love your recipes! I have downloaded a number of them and they are super! Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend!

  12. Valerie H. says

    Hey Leigh Anne!
    The cookies look good. I’m afraid I am not a big sugar cookie fan but this recipe coming from Ree most likey would be a good one. I am enjoying her recipe book. I made her meatloaf last night for my family. They liked it.
    Was different with parmesan cheese in it. Certainly a comfort food. In my P/W cookbook, on the meatloaf recipe page, Ree asks, “What’s is wrong with meatloaf?” I snickered at that since you shared your gray meatloaf disaster story! Ha!

  13. Lori says

    I am a huge fan of your blog and recipes. I make your banana bread every week for my twin two year olds along with so many of your great recipes. Keep posting them and we will keep cooking!


  14. Susan Forehand says

    Hi, Leigh Anne! These cookies look wonderful and just the thing for a “snowy” day in Alabama!! Snow here is cause for celebration….school’s are getting out….so I think I should bake cookies and scrapbook!! Sounds like a winning combo to me!!
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful recipes and picks – you ALWAYS inspire me!!
    To the kitchen I go!! :)

  15. says

    I love sugar cookies too—really soft, thick fluffy ones. My favorite way to make and eat them is to just make circles and frost them pink and then sprinkle chopped up candy cane on top. My kids go crazy for them and it is now something we do every Christmas and would be good for Valentines day too!

  16. says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    Happy early Valentine’s Day! I finally got my PW cookbook last week and I am excited to try many of the recipes! I made Chicken Spaghetti last weekend and it was a hit… even my kids liked it!

    These sugar cookies sound wonderful! I usually prefer mine with just sugar, but when I do frost them, I always add either lemon extract or raspberry extract to the frosting… so yummy!!!

    Karyn :)

  17. Aubrey says

    These look so yummy. I think I’m going to have to make some today. I appreciate all of your posts. You have inspired me to become a better cook. I love all of your recipes. Thank you so much for going to all this work and sharing with the rest of us. Happy Valentine’s.

  18. Colleen says

    Hi Leigh Anne! Wanted to let you know that I’m going to use your almond sugar cookie recipe for my V-Day cookies! Some sugar cookies can be a tad on the bland side, but I love the touch of almond (and LOTS of butter!). Will also make your Fast Fired Flank Steak for Valentine’s Day dinner! Thanks for posting all of the delicious recipes :-) My husband enjoys them all (which says a lot!)!!!

  19. Angie says

    Hi! I am still reading — I just have you on my Google reader and so I don’t comment — just read. I did make your Valentine’s half-dipped Oreos for my children’s school teachers. So cute and so easy — thanks for the ideas. Keep up the fabulous blog — it’s one of my favorites!

  20. Sandy Barnes says

    Hi. I love reading your blog. I love all the recipes , especially loved the post that you did on the bar desserts for your ladies event at church. These cookies sound delicious, I am going to have to give them a try. I usually don’t frost my sugar cookies, but that pink frosting I can’t pass up!! Something about pink is irresistible! Yes, I am one of your stalkers. I will try to do better about leaving comments. I guess sometimes we just need a little push.

  21. says

    I’ve had my fill of sugar cookies already today – a school party will do that – but I have to tell you that I made the snickerdoodle bars last weekend and they were a huge hit!

  22. says

    Thanks for sharing Ree’s recipe. I tried someone else’s last week. Rolled them out, frosted them. The only good part was the frosting! Cookies were full of butter but tasted like flour, ugh. I’ll give these a try! Happy Hearts Day!

  23. Lisa Kaempfer says

    I LOVE sugar cookies! However, I like them when they are soft. Have you run across any good recipes that don’t require rolling the dough out but still leave them nice and soft inside? If so, please forward!

    BTW, you have given me so many GREAT recipes that are now my go to meals when we have guests. One of our favorites is the flank steak with the hot crash potatoes. I had a neighbor begging for the recipe when he smelled me grilling it one day!

  24. Tamara says

    These look absolutely yummy! Because of a virus on my computer, I have not been commenting. . . .but keep up the great work.

  25. Cindy says

    I’m a first time commentor. I love your blog. The cookies look so pretty. I’m not a fan of sugar cookies. I’ve always thought if they don’t have chocolate in them – why bother! These do look awfully good though.

  26. Sheri says

    As one of your neighbors who benefited from your kindess, I want to say those were delicious! Thank you and Happy Valentines Day!

  27. Dawn says

    Yum! No wonder they taste good, between the butter and oil… I like eating other peoples sugar cookies. I usually make frosted shortbread for valentines day. In fact, there is a cute little package of them with your name on them. :)

  28. julie says

    just made these tonight for a valentine’s day dinner tomorrow night – they are fantastic! thank you for sharing – it’s great to have non-rollout sugar cookies! i added half vanilla and half almond extract…yum!

  29. says

    I used your cookie glaze to pipe a happy birthday message on a cookie ice cream sandwich “cake” for Husband’s early b-day surprise party this weekend. It hardened, as promised, and worked well! Thanks.

  30. Danee says

    Leigh Anne, I feel validated. I was laughing at this post that you did on sugar cookies. I swear by the one that I use and I was shocked to see that PW and I have the same one!!! {hers has one more egg} I just did a post on my blog about these sugar cookies a couple days before you posted this. I have gotten some flack from friends who have given me their recipes for “the best sugar cookies” and after making them I always go back to these. They are my husbands FAVORITE cookies. especially when I top them with cream cheese frosting.
    thought that you would find it funny too. here is the link to my post.

    ps I have never needed to refridgerate these. I think that they work just fine without. great tip on frosting every other one and stacking them. these do not even need frosting to be yummy.

  31. Therese says

    Leigh Anne, this recipe is nearly identical to one my mom used when I was growing up. She would top them with chocolate chips, nuts, crystal sprinkles or toasted coconut. When I was about 8 the local newspaper came to our home and took pictures of us baking these cookies for an article they were doing on cookie jars. They will always remind me of my childhood.

  32. Mary says

    These sound so much easier than the roll and cut sugar cookies. What did you use to frost these cookies. Thanks Mary

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