Sorry that the photo is not great. I am having some issues with a broken camera lens. Sugar cookies have long been the bane of my cooking existence. I NEVER make them! Unfortunately, with young kids, they are a necessary evil. Cookie decorating is the joy of nearly every holiday. I have tried and tried to get them right and they just never work out. They are always falling apart as I try to cut them out and move them to the cookie tray. I never have the patience to chill the dough. They seem to require such a time commitment and they have always seemed so tempermental to me. So at my house, when we decorate cookies, I order them already baked from my local grocery store bakery, a solution that works out fine with me for the most part. However, there is this annoying part of me that is always bugged by the fact that I can't get something that is supposed to be such a cooking basic right. Anyway, since the 4th of July is not typically one of those "cookie decorating holidays", so the pressure for perfect cookies would be minimal, and because I have several awesome star cookie cutters. I decided that I was actually going to attempt some sugar cookie making. I figured that if I volunteered to bring them the the barbeque at my parents house for the fireworks, if they bombed, I could just make something else and take it for desert. I did in fact make some carmel popcorn to take along with these cookies because I was so unsure of my cookie making skills. I think I may finally have figured a few things out. I knew I had to actually chill the dough, which must be the true secret. I have also discovered that I tend to roll the dough too thin and to cook the cookies too long. Next time I will be a little more careful on both those points, however, note that I am suggesting there will be a next time. I started with the most basic. I got my recipe for the cookies from the Martha Stewart website. It was called "Ideal Sugar Cookies". The recipe was great, I did use milk instead of the brandy it gave as an option, but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Next time I would double the recipe, because it wasn't a ton of dough and if I am going to go to all the work of making sugar cookies, I am going to make plenty. Here's a link to the recipe. After the cookies had cooled completed I used a sugar cookie glaze recipe from allrecipes.com that was awesome. Here is the link and below is what I actually did (I read some of the reviews and made a couple of changes).
Sugar Cookie Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tblsp light corn syrup
2 tblsp milk
Mix all ingredients together. Then dip cookies in glaze. (can add food coloring for varied colors)
After dipping my cookies in the white glaze, I dipped them in red, white and blue sprinkles. They were a hit and maybe now my kids will grow up thinking that sugar cookies don't have to come in a plastic container!