Sugar Cookies

Total Time:
2 hr 24 min
15 min
2 hr
9 min

about 3 dozen-2 1/2 inch


Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

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    hum right now I'm a little sceptic about the consistency, it appears to be too soft...but then I just put it in the fridge...lets wait and see if it'll need more flour. tastes good though ;p
    like I thought it needed a lot more flour (at least another half a cup maybe more) to be at that consistency where it doesn't stick to the hands, even after being in the fridge for two hours...i took the dough from the fridge and aded more flour by hand, not using the mixer.
    I tried this my first time and I only refrigerate the dough for HALF AN HOUR because I was abit impatient to wait for 2 hours. So after half an hour, I took it out and rolled it. After some time, the dough got too soft and almost impossible to cut out but it was still okay, I managed to cut straight circles despite the soft dough. I baked it and it comes out perfect! Will love to try it again. 
    You dont really have to refrigerate the dough for 2 hours, 30 mins is okay but you have to work quickly :)
    I love this recipe. I have made it 6 times in the last 4 weeks. These cookies are fantastic. The dough is crumbly, but you just have to make it into a ball and flatten it out and refrigerate. It does take a lot to start rolling it out, but after the dough warms up a bit, they roll out perfect. Beautiful, tasty and my boys love them! This will be the only recipe I use for sugar cookies!
    Awful recipe...first all crumbly. Needed to mix together by hand. Then put it on the fridge and 2 hours later like recommended, I though I would be able to roll out my cookies.... What a joke, it turned into a giant hard rock. Ii wasted my time and the trash it went....
    Someone at my work used this recipe so I thought I'd do it for my daughter's bday party. I followed the recipe to a tee. But the dough was incredibly crumbly. Once I refrigerated it for the required time it was impossible to roll out. It just crumbled away. I ended up just throwing it away. It is supposed to be like that?
    Casey, if the dough is too hard to roll out right out of the fridge, allow it to defrost on the counter a few minutes and try again. If it starts to get too warm and sticky, wrap it back up and stick it back in the fridge for a bit. Good luck!
    Delicious and perfect for decorating! I made giant heart-shaped cookies for my son's preschool class. As they were quite large, I baked them for 10 minutes and they turned out perfectly! I always trust Alton Brown for a good recipe. But only because each one I've tried has been a home run.
    These sugar cookies are very light and excellent with coffee or Tea. I did add some lemon zest, but that's it. Of course the red sugar sprinkles are a must when you make heart shapes.
    I have been an excellent cookie baker for all of my 50+ years. These are the BEST sugar cookies I've ever made. I did add some vanilla, but that's the only change I made. Delicious!
    best sugar cookie recipe ever.
    My daughter and wife love this recipe. They are asked to make them for family parties all the time.
    I Loved it!!! it was super easy and my kids were able to help me..they were delicious
    Nothing like butter packed sugar cookies to make feel good. Awesome recipe Alton.
    Followed the directions to a tee, but rolled out the dough between 2 layers of parchment paper. Was a dream to work with and made beautifully shaped cookies that held detail well. Very buttery and slightly crisp - a perfect combination. So good they didn't need additional frosting. My new go-to recipe for rolled sugar cookies! Thanks!
    Very easy to make >
    Came out perfect!
    Easiest sugar cookie dough I've ever made. Handles wonderfully. Tastes great! Not too sweet which makes them the perfect platform for icing and decorating! Only recipe I'll use from now on!
    It is hard to make to long in the fridge
    Does anyone know if you can put the dough in the fridge over night?
    Yes, I have kept it in the fridge overnight, just let it warm up a bit when you take it out or it will be impossible to roll.  
    I made these for my wedding favors a few months ago. Everyone loved them! Very easy to make and the cookie is very light. I ended up putting the dough between 2 pieces of wax paper and rolled it out before putting it into the fridge to chill. Make cutting out the cookies much easier. I'll be making them for my Christmas cookies this year!
    easy to make, taste great! I made cookies for our soccer party and the kids loved it! I will be using this dough for all my sugar cookies!
    I only use this sugar cookie recipe now. It's the best one I've found. Thanks Alton!!
    Taste great, but the tops of my cookies were wrinkly and flaky. Any suggestions?
    Maybe use a little less powdered sugar for rolling? Make sure to roll when its nice and cold, and it won't get sticky.
    This is the BEST sugar cookie recipe I have found. These are not too sweet and I've never had any issues with spreading or the cookies sticking to the sheet (well, I have but that's due to user error and not the recipe). We make these several times a year, but I get multiple requests for them at Christmas time -- my girls LOVE to decorate the cookies. I'm not a fan of the icing recipe in this episode, but starting using a simple butter-cream frosting.
    My 7 yr old grandson loves to make these for the holiday
    They sound perfect!!  
    I haven't made them yet, (this afternoon), but according to the reviews, not too sweet, I think they will be the best ever!!! 
    I recently bought approx. 10 cookie cutters, and I have never made cookies from scratch!! This will be very interesting/ funny!!! Wish me success!  
    I will search for an icing here, I have noted several mentions to one listed, but i am assuming it is the one in the associated video... I will experiment with that at another time..rofl
    I just used this recipe (also my first time making them from scratch) and they turned out great! I actually did not make the icing from this recipe and cheated just a bit by buying icing. The cookies still came out great and the dough was a dream to work with. Definitely not too sweet so icing is a must. Good luck!
    I love making these cookies and I made them for good several years now. I have no problem at all. They taste good.
    wonderful results! not hard at all. just the right consistency. We made these for Christmas with my 4 yo daughter for the first time and it turned out great. we baked for only 8 minutes in high altitude and buttered the wax paper in advance.( food shortening) Also used brown sugar and Organic baking flour. We frosted them with chocolate frosting and confetti. YUM! will make more soon.
    These are just what I was looking for! They rolled out easily on my marble board and were wonderfully crispy. They were a little overly sweet for me. I'm wondering how much I could cut back on the sugar without hurting the end result. 
    These cookies were horrible! If you like a soft cookie, these are not for you. They are rock hard! It says that you can use cooking spray on the cookie sheet, but do not do this! My first two batches I used cooking spray and they wouldn't come off the sheet! Out of 50 small stars, I ended up with less than half, because the others came off in pieces. Parchment paper is a must!
    I just made these with my kids and although we haven't eaten the cookies yet, I've tasted them and so good! They were much easier to make than any other recipe I've tried in the past, too!  
    I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions, we only used 1/2 our dough so far - could the rest be refrigerated and used later??
    You could freeze the dough in the freezer for 6 months.
    I refrigerated mine for 2 days and it was still very easy to work with. This did make for a ton of cookies!
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