Basic Sugar Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen
Basic recipe for all-purpose sugar cookies fit for any holiday celebration, especially Christmas! Soft, chewy, easy, and ideal for cookie decorating.
  • ½ cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Add 1 stick (½ cup) of softened butter to a mixing bowl. Whisk until creamy-smooth.
  2. Add 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix together well.
  3. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt until it forms a soft dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or place into a freezer bag to freeze up to 3 months. Or begin rolling out the dough immediately if you desire.
  4. Preheat oven to 325º F. Roll out and cut sugar cookie dough into shapes and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you want sprinkles, whisk one egg with 2 tablespoons milk to make an egg wash. Brush cookies lightly with egg wash and decorate with sprinkles.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the cookie. Let cool before decorating further.
Recipe by A Butterful Mind at