3 cups (1 lb) All Pupose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put 3 cups flour in a separate bowl with the 1tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt, and whisk by hand for 30 seconds to blend.
Cream the butter in your electric mixing bowl then add the 1 c. sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla, mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and blend. Add the flour mixture gradually and blend -- dough will be stiff.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead with your hands 1 minute. You can roll the dough now or if you think it is too soft, put in a plastic bag and refrigerate for 10 min. I like to work with about ¼ of the dough at a time.
Roll the cookie dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll the dough to about ¼ inch thickness (thicker if you are making cookies on a stick). Cut your cookies while still on the parchment paper -- do not try to lift the cookies off yet. Place the parchment paper with cookies onto a baking sheet and refrigerate or put into the freezer for maybe 5 minutes. This step will allow you to pull away the excess dough. The cookies will now hold their shape when you are transferring them to bake. Bake 8 - 10 minutes, checking at the 8 minute time. Take out when just beginning to brown around the edges. Let cool a short while in the pan.
The cookies can be frozen and the recipe can be doubled
This recipe makes 2/1/2 dozen 3 inch cookies
* The cookies can be placed close together because they spread very little.
*Updated 12/17: Every now and then we get a request for an a sugar cookie video tutorial that we made years ago and later removed. I'm posting it here for anyone who'd like to see this recipe in action -- and the very basics of sugar cookie decorating ;0) -
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