Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Total Time:
2 hr 20 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr 45 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
12 (3-inch) cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cups plus 2 tablespoons (11-ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks; 6-ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4-ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

  • Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Beat until the dough just comes together, being careful not to over mix.

  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Place the ball of dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/4-inch thick. Keeping the dough in the parchment, transfer to a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Cut out the cookies in the desired shapes and place on a half-sheet pan lined with parchment paper or an un-greased nonstick cookie sheet, at least 1-inch apart. Transfer to the freezer and chill for at least 15 minutes or until they are firm.

  • Bake until the cookies are light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

  • Let cookies cool completely on the sheets before decorating.

  • *Cook's Note: They will still be soft when they come out of the oven and may break or become misshapen if they are moved off the sheets before cool.


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