This simple cut out sugar cookie recipe is my favorite. It is a basic recipe that my grandmother used with just a few tweaks of my own. Ever have a cookie wind up tasting like flour in the end? That is the worst! These aren’t like that, nor are they too sweet, so they are just perfect for icingand decorating.
This is the recipe I use year ’round with cookie cutters for various holidays and seasons because it is so simple and quick. Unlike other recipes, I never have a problem with the dough getting sticky and it cuts out really beautifully with my vintage metal cookie cutter shapes.
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixer, beat the sugar and butter until it gets creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it is a dough.
Now if you started with cold butter you can actually roll this dough out right away. Sprinkle a little flour on your surface and roll it out. I usually take this shortcut when I’m low on time. If you started with soft butter, you’ll need to flatten your dough into a pattie and stick it in the fridge to harden (the butter is what is hardening from the cold) for a couple hours.
I roll it out about 1/4 inch thick or less and cut with cookie cutters. Grease a baking sheet (I use coconut oil) or line it with parchment paper and transfer your shapes to it.
Bake for 10 minutes (give or take) until they are slightly golden on the edges. They should still be white and slightly soft looking in the middle.
Decorate with my simple vanilla icing recipe.