Classic Sugar Cookie Dough
Need a go-to sugar cookie recipe? This dough is tasty and holds it shape well during baking, which makes it a great choice for cut-out cookies!
- 2.75 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 11 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and then set the mixture aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and well combined. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well. Stir in the flour a third at a time. After the last addition, knead the dough briefly if needed to incorporate all of the flour. The finished dough should be smooth and stiff.
- Divide the dough into two portions, pressing each into a disk and wrapping it in plastic. Keep the dough chilled until you plan to use it.
- When you're ready to bake the cookies, work with one disk of dough at a time. Allow the dough to set at room temperature briefly so that it softens just enough to roll it. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Set the dough on a flour-dusted sheet of waxed paper and roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies and bake them on a baking sheet until the edges just start to turn a light golden brown (about 6 to 9 minutes, depending on the size).
- Let the cookies cool briefly on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.