Sugar Cookie Recipe
A soft cut-out sugar cookie that holds it’s shape easily without major chill time. Perfect for Christmas cookies!
**Originally posted in December 2015
I figure every good Christmas cookie repertoire needs a good cut-out sugar cookie recipe, and this is my favorite one that I’ve been using for years. It’s from Bridget over at Bake at 350, who is the queen of all things sugar cookies as far as I’m concerned ☺️.
I love this recipe, because it’s so easy to make and doesn’t require any major chill time. They hold their shape well and taste delicious.
Here’s how they go:
The ingredient list is pretty short. You’ll need the basics: flour, sugar, butter, an egg, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Bridget also calls for a little almond extract in this recipe, which I’ve used and loved. But today, we’re just sticking with plain ol’ vanilla.
Basically, you mix that stuff all together. And after a few minutes you’re probably going to get super bugged with me and think that this recipe doesn’t work, because at first your dough will look like this:
But don’t worry. It just needs approximately 2 minutes and 17 seconds more in the mixer before it will start to look like this:
Ah, there we go.
Now, form it into a disc with your hands in the bowl.
Now it’s time to GENTLY roll out the dough. I emphasize “gently,” because sugar cookie dough needs to be handled with a little TLC. It’s sort of like a pie crust, and it tends to crack or break if you’re too rough with it.
But if you’re gentle, you won’t have a problem. Lightly apply pressure to the rolling pin, and roll from the center outward, keeping the dough in an even layer.
Confession: I suck at decorating cookies. So I stick pretty closely to one decorating method…
Snowman pieces. It just makes things SO EASY, because you only have to cut out and frost simple circles with white icing. Add a few little sprinkles and decorations, and voila!
Simple, but super cute ⛄️.
By the way… if you’re like me and fancy cookie decorating isn’t really your thing, check out my dirty little secret for faux royal icing decorating using CANNED frosting! Right here.
I’ve joined a bunch of other bloggers in sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes on Instagram this week! Check out the hashtag #HolidayCookieWeek2015 to see what we’ve been up to. And add this hashtag to your own cookie posts, because we’ll be re-gramming our favorites!
Cut Out Sugar Cookies
A soft cut-out sugar cookie that holds it's shape easily without major chill time. Perfect for Christmas cookies!
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
1 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until smooth.
Mix in the egg and vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking powder until dough forms. Use your hands to form the dough into a disc.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Place cut out dough in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before icing.
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My daughter and I made these cute Christmas Trees last year, aren’t they fun?