A foolproof recipe for the best Cut Out Sugar Cookies to celebrate the Holiday Season! They are perfectly soft inside with crispy edges and great for decoration!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Using a standing mixer, beat 1 cup room temperature butter with 3/4 cup sugar really well, so it becomes fluffy and pale in color.
- Add an egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix until combined and smooth consistency.
- Mix dry ingredients (3 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt) together in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients in two batches. Mix everything until well combined but don’t overmix it.
- When done, you can lightly knead the dough, making a ball, wrap in a plastic wrap and refrigerate from 1-2 hours to overnight.
- When you roll out the dough it might be a bit sticky. You can use a little bit of flour to prevent it from sticking to a roller or a counter. However, I have a different trick that always helps me. Put the dough between two sheets of parchment paper, then roll over the parchment paper about 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutter.
- After you cut out the cookies and put them on the baking sheet, put the sheet with the cookies back in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill.
- Bake the cookies at 350°F for 9-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
- When done, take the cookies out of the oven and let them sit on the counter on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool off completely.
NOTE 1: The cookie dough for this recipe is thick and will be crumbly after you refrigerate it. Before you start rolling out the cookies, leave the dough on the counter for about 10-20 minutes, then roll. When you work with the dough, it will warm up and will be more elastic.
NOTE 2: I usually roll out the cookies to ¼ inch thick. If you want your cookies crispier and to snap, you can roll them out thinner. And if you want them to be cakier, keep them thicker.
NOTE: After you cut out the cookies and put them on the baking sheet, I like to put it back to the fridge for 10 minutes before baking. The reason I do is because while you are working the dough it warms up. Chilled dough will help your cookies to keep their shape.
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