I do not know about you, but when you find that one foolproof sugar cookie recipe you never want to lose it! Over the years, I have tried many different sugar cookies recipes....everything from too hard to too soft and too sweet to too bland. I think the worst is when you want to use cookie cutters and the dough doesn't keep its shape and the cookies get completely deformed in the oven. The end result is a cookie that looks like a blob!
This recipe is my "go to" sugar cookie recipe. It works every time is so simple to make. It doesn't require any chilling time in the fridge and takes about 15 minutes from the time you put the ingredients together until you are rolling out the cookies. I cannot say enough good things about this recipe! Your cookies will be perfect....every time!
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg at room temperature, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
In stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium for several minutes until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla into cream mixture and mix until well combined. Add the flour mixture gradually. Mix until fully incorporated and the dough is smooth and uniform.
Do not chill dough! Divide dough into 2 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 12 inch circle that is approximately 1/8 inch thick.
Using a cookie cutter dipped in flour, cut out cookies and place on sheets about 1 inch apart.
Bake for 6-7 minutes,or until cookies are lightly browned. Cooking time will vary depending on your oven, so make sure to keep an eye on them. They go from light brown to an icky and inedible dark brown in a flash!
Transfer cookies to wire racks with a thin metal spatula to cool completely. Decorate with frosting or icing and your favorite sprinkles. Enjoy!