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Classic sugar cookies

  • Total Time: 39 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x



2 sticks softened unsalted butter – 1 cup

1 cup white granulated sugar

1 large egg

1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder


Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together with a hand mixer or a stand mixer. 

Add egg and vanilla and mix well. 

In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. 

Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture 1 cup at a time and mix just until the dough comes together. 

Remove dough from bowl and form into two balls. 

On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/4″ thick. 

Using cookie cutters, cut out dough and place each piece on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch in-between cookies. 

Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the cookies have a slight tan color on the edges. 

Remove from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack. 

Cool before decorating.