These sugar cookies are the perfect blank canvas for your creative designs. You can decorate them to match any season or celebration during the year. Try them with a simple cookie glaze or spread your favorite frosting over them and top with sprinkles for a special treat your family will love.
- 1/2 lb (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Set out two cookie pans and line them with parchment paper; set aside.
In your large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Crack the egg into a small bowl to check for shells. Add the egg and extracts to the butter mixture and beat to combine.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk them together. Add the flour mixture to the butter and beat on medium-low speed until the dough comes together.
If the dough is too thick for your mixer to work, scrape everything off the beaters onto a floured work surface. Rub some flour on your clean hands and knead the dough into one solid portion. Pat the dough into a flat disk and sprinkle it with flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough so that it is evenly 1/4 inch thick.
Dip your cookie cutters in flour and cut out your shapes. Knead the remaining dough scraps back into a disk and repeat the rolling and cutting until you’ve made as many cookies as you can. Place the cookies on the prepared pans with a little bit of space between them so you don’t overcrowd your pan.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. The cookies should not brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let. the cookies cool on the pans for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once cool, frost with cookie glaze or frosing.
The yield will change depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
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