How do I Make Plain Vanilla Sugar Cookies?

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How do I Make Plain Vanilla Sugar Cookies?
Enjoy vanilla sugar cookies plain or decorated. (sugar cookies image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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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
  • Roller

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Set aside bowl.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Combine the contents of your first bowl with the second bowl. Beat these ingredients until they come together and create dough.

  4. 4

    Spread 2 tbsp of flour onto a rolling surface. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with cling film. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    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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