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Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Sugar cookie recipe—great for decorated cookies!

Ingredients

  • 2-½ cups Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Preparation

1. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer on low to medium speed. (Use the paddle attachment.) Mix until thoroughly incorporated, about one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula and mix again for a few seconds more.

Over-mixing the butter and sugar in this step will cause too much air to be incorporated into the dough. If you’d like a light and fluffy cookie, that’s ideal, however the dough will spread more during baking, which is not ideal if you’d like the cookie to hold its shape.

2. Add eggs slowly and mix. Scrape down the bowl with your spatula at least once and mix again.

3. Add liquid vanilla extract. Stir briefly.

4. Sift your dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder and salt).

5. Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Place a large tea towel or two small tea towels between the edge of the bowl and the electric mixer so that the flour won’t escape. Mix on low speed for 3o seconds. Remove the tea towels and observe the dough mixing; when it clumps around the paddle attachment, it’s ready. It’s also important at this stage not to over-mix the dough (the glutens in the flour develop and the dough can become tough).

6. Roll the dough out between 2 large pieces of parchment paper. Place on a baking sheet and into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.

7. Roll out the dough further if you need to, and cut out cookie shapes. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and repeat.

8. Put cookie dough shapes back into the fridge for 10 minutes to 1 hour to chill again. They will then hold their shape better when baked.

9. Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176°C.

10. Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown. The baking time will depend on the size of your cookie.

11. Let cookies cool to room temperature and decorate!

A few notes about the recipe:

Butter: the butter needs to be soft, or room temperature. I leave mine out the night before I do my baking. If you forget, you can grate the butter on the largest hole of your box grater, so that the sugar and butter will mix together better.

Baking powder: I hardly use any baking powder in my recipe because the dough will spread and rise more during baking, thereby making the shape of the cookie less crisp.

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shari on 2.20.2010

These are the most beautifully decorated cookies I have ever seen!

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MS Hospitality on 2.13.2010

I made this recipe for Valentine Day cookies. Great recipe!

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blondray on 2.10.2010

I just made these…and they are awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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DipDiva on 12.31.2009

I baked these last night and they are delicious! That’s a beautiful dough to work with too. Thanks!

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amyhen on 4.20.2011

Wonderful and fool proof! I made these for my son’s Easter party at school and took the extras to work. My coworkers couldn’t believe I actually made them and didn’t pick them up from a bakery! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! Now if only my left hand would let me decorate the cookies as well as you……….

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jettabugfox on 12.22.2010

Great cookies – nice and crisp and they smelled wonderful while cooking. My daughter can’t wait to decorate them!

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MS Hospitality on 5.18.2010

This is a wonderful recipe! Fail proof. I used it several times over the holidays and even for Valentine’s Day.

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