Sugar Cookie Recipe
These sugar cookies are made using the "rolled cookie" method, where the dough is rolled out and the cookies are cut out with cookie cutters. This means you can make cookies in whatever festive shapes you like.
Note regarding the one-star review: There was a typo in the recipe, but it's been corrected and the recipe has been tested and it works.
A few tips:
- Chill the dough thoroughly before rolling it out.
- You'll need to dust your work surface with flour before rolling out the cookies. But don't use any more flour than you absolutely need, or the cookies may come out too hard.
- Cut the cookies out as close together as you can to minimize leftover scraps. You can reroll these leftovers. But doing so toughens the glutens, and cookies made from these rerolled scraps will likely turn out too hard.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 4 cups cake flour, or 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup milk, plus more for brushing tops of cookies
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Let all the ingredients come to room temperature before you begin.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Prepare your baking sheet pan by greasing it with butter or shortening or lining it with parchment paper. Or use a silicone baking mat, which is my favorite technique.
- Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar and salt on low speed.
- Add the egg, milk and vanilla and mix until blended.
- Sift the flour and baking powder together into a separate bowl.
- Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until they're combined.
- Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Be gentle with the dough while wrapping it. Overworking the dough will toughen the cookies.
- Unwrap the chilled dough, transfer it to a lightly floured workbench or butcher block and use a rolling pin to roll the dough out quite flat: about one-eighth of an inch thick.
- Cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Remember, cut them as close together as you can.
- Using a pastry brush, wash the tops of the cookies with milk and sprinkle the tops with sugar.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges and bottoms of the cookies are barely beginning to turn golden brown.
- When the cookies are cool enough to handle but still warm, remove them from the pan and cool them on a wire rack. You can eat them as soon as they're cool enough that they won't burn your mouth. Or if you'll be storing them, make sure they've cooled thoroughly first.
Makes about 40 cookies.