Classic Sugar Cookie Dough

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!

You'll need:

  • 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
Instructions:
  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and then set the mixture aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Let the cookies cool briefly on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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