Plain, vanilla sugar cookies are relatively easy to make, require only a few ingredients and are a perfect anytime treat for the entire family. You can give them away as holiday gifts, or keep them all for yourself to enjoy. This cookie recipe makes 12 (3-inch) plain, vanilla sugar cookies. If you'd like to make fun cookie shapes like stars, hearts and seasonal holiday decorations, roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter before baking.
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Things you need
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/3 cups plus 2 tbs. all-purpose flour
- Cling film
- Parchment paper
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Set aside bowl.
Use a second bowl to combine the butter and sugar. Use a medium speed hand mixer until the butter and sugar are light and fluffy. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
Combine the contents of your first bowl with the second bowl. Beat these ingredients until they come together and create dough.
Spread 2 tbsp of flour onto a rolling surface. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with cling film. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out until dough is 1/4 inch thick. Transfer dough back into refrigerator for one more hour.
Preheat over to 176 degrees C. Cut out cookie shapes (optional) and place on a non-stick baking tray, spacing each cookie one-inch apart. Chill cookies in freezer for another 15 minutes or until firm before baking.
Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool, decorate and enjoy.
Tips and warnings
- Allow sugar cookies to cool before removing them from the baking tray. Cookies may crack if moved before properly cooled.
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