How to Make Sugar Cookies

Learn how to make sugar cookies from pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse in this Howcast video.

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

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

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.

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.

Step 4 Add dry ingredients Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture being sure to combine fully, but do not over-mix.

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.

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.

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.

Step 8 Cut into shapes Using your choice of cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.

Step 9 Transfer to baking sheet Transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheet — leave about 1′ of space between each cookie.

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

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.

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