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easy sugar cookies

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Kitchen Crew
By Kitchen Crew

Buttery and sweet with crisp edges and a soft center, sugar cookies are a year-round favorite. We’re sharing an easy sugar cookie recipe that uses a combination of baking powder and baking soda to help the cookies hold their shape. This means they don’t require too much flour, so the buttery flavor shines bright. Also, this recipe doesn’t have to be chilled as long as others. So, this cuts down on preparation time. Perfect for Christmas, you can also make these for Easter, baby showers, or birthdays by swapping cookie cutters. Decorate with bright-colored royal icing and candies. Get creative!

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serves 24 cookies
prep time 45 Min
cook time 12 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For easy sugar cookies

  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
    salted butter
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 lg
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make easy sugar cookies

  • Sifted flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
    Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Ready to cream butter and sugar.
    Cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract to butter/sugar mixture.
    Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Slowly add flour mixture.
    Gradually add flour mixture until just combined.
  • Dough wrapped in plastic wrap to chill.
    Form two equal-sized discs of dough. Wrap in plastic and put into the fridge for 30 - 60 minutes.
  • Rolling out the sugar cookie dough.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove one disk of dough from the fridge and roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Using cookie cutter to cut out dough.
    Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut into different shapes.
  • Removing extra pieces of dough.
    Remove the dough from around the cut-out shapes. Wrap the scraps back up and put them back in the fridge.
  • Sugar cookies baking in the oven.
    Slide the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 -12 minutes.
  • Sugar cookies cool on the pan.
    Remove the pan from the oven. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Sugar cookies cool on a wire rack.
    Then remove the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. Repeat with the other disk and scraps of dough.
  • Easy sugar cookies decorated.
    When your cookies are cooled, decorate them with your favorite icing and decorations.