How to Make Sugar Cookies

A good sugar cookie is sweet, crisp, and delicious. This is a good sugar cookie.

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You Will Need

  • A large and a small bowl
  • A whisk
  • 2.75 c all-purpose flour
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 0.75 c sugar
  • 1.0 egg
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • Plastic wrap
  • A cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone cooking mat
  • A clean, flat working surface that can be covered in flour
  • A rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Whisk flour and salt

    In a small bowl, whisk 2 1/2 cups of flour and salt together and set it aside.

  2. Step 2

    Mix butter and sugar separately

    In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar with a fork until the mixture is light in color and fluffy.

  3. Step 2 is also called 'creaming.' To make this easier, bring your butter to room temperature before attempting to cream.

  4. Step 3

    Add egg and vanilla

    Once the butter and sugar mixture is light and smooth, add the egg and vanilla and mix well to combine.

  5. Step 4

    Add dry ingredients

    Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture being sure to combine fully, but do not over-mix.

  6. Step 5

    Refrigerate dough

    When just mixed, split the dough into two and form two 5-6' disks, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to cool before cutting.

  7. Give the dough at least an hour to chill, as this will make rolling out and cutting much easier.

  8. Step 6

    Preheat oven

    Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone cooking mat to prevent the cookies from sticking.

  9. Step 7

    Roll out dough

    Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour on a work surface, and using the rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.

  10. Step 8

    Cut into shapes

    Using your choice of cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.

  11. Step 9

    Transfer to baking sheet

    Transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheet -- leave about 1' of space between each cookie.

  12. Any scraps of leftover dough can be rolled out one more time before becoming tough.

  13. Step 10

    Bake

    Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until lightly golden, then remove them from the oven—using oven mits, of course!

  14. Step 11

    Cool

    Move the cookies to a plate or cooling rack after a minute or two, and let them cool completely before eating or decorating.

  15. Some sugar is good for your brain. Sugar and carbs are converted to blood glucose, the brain’s fundamental fuel.

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