Gillian Harvey’s After School Sugar Cookies [RECIPE]

Gillian Harvey's After School Sugar Cookies
After School Sugar Cookies are a busy parent’s best friend. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

Writer Gillian Harvey is a busy woman. Not only is she the author of the upcoming Everything is Fine (which you can pre-order now before it hits US bookstores in January), but she is also mom to five adorable, energetic kiddos. So when we asked her to share one of her favorite recipes, it came as no surprise when she offered up this one for her after school sugar cookies. After all, what parent doesn’t need a quick cookie recipe in their culinary arsenal? We hope you love baking up this batch of sweet goodness with your little ones! —J&H

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes


  • 225g (or 2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 225g (or 1 1/8 cups) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 330g (or 2 5/8 cups) plain flour


  1. Before you start, make sure to preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (or 350 degrees F).
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, then add the vanilla extract.
  3. Beat in the egg.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder.
  5. Roll out the mixture a bit at a time, making sure to add more flour if it starts to stick!
  6. Cut dough into the shapes you prefer.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes, until golden brown.

TIP: When preparing a recipe measured out in grams, it’s a good idea to have a digital scale on hand. Simply weigh out your ingredients before you begin.

TIP 2: In case you are wondering what caster sugar and plain flour are, caster sugar is the same as superfine sugar in the US. Its granules are about half that of granulated white sugar, but not quite as fine as confectioners sugar (aka 10X). In this recipe, granulated sugar should work just fine if you are unable to find superfine sugar. Plain flour, on the other hand, is just another name for all-purpose flour.

YIELD: 30 small cookies

Gillian Harvey and her son enjoy After School Sugar Cookies.
Gillian Harvey and her son enjoy fresh baked After School Sugar Cookies. (Photos courtesy Gillian Harvey)

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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