I think this recipe for sugar cookies needs to appear in most baby books, since it’s about the simplest cookie recipe there is, the kids love it, and it takes about 4.2 seconds to throw together. As a parent you’ll need to produce about 53,768 sugar cookies per kid. On top of that, any time I have one of The Horde volunteer me to take cookies to a class event, these are my first choice. Who doesn’t love a sugar cookie?
Now these are not the ones that you roll out, use cute cookie cutters with or mess with a lot of decorations. These are a basic butter cookie that drops – meaning they’re fast AND minimal mess. Sure – if you’d like, knock yourself out with any number of icings, frostings or glazes – they’re all good. But quite honestly, these cookies don’t need the dressing up. They are buttery and tender and have no problem standing all by themselves. This is the perfect sugar cookie recipe.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375F. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for about five minutes. Sirt in egg and vanilla. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
- Gradually stir in the dry ingredients. With a tablespoon or small disher (ice cream scoop) drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If using a tablespoon you may wish to roll them to make more perfectly even cookies. A disher does most of this for you.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until tops are golden. Let sit on cookie sheet two or three minutes before removing to cool completely on wire racks.
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