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How To Make Sugar Cookies
You Will Need
  • A large and a small bowl
  • A whisk
  • 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • Plastic wrap
  • A cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone cooking mat
  • A clean, flat working surface that can be covered in flour
  • A rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
step 1Whisk flour and salt
In a small bowl, whisk 2 1/2 cups of flour and salt together and set it aside.
step 2Mix butter and sugar separately
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar with a fork until the mixture is light in color and fluffy
tip Step 2 is also called “creaming.” To make this easier, bring your butter to room temperature before attempting to cream.
step 3Add egg and vanilla
Once the butter and sugar mixture is light and smooth, add the egg and vanilla and mix well to combine.
step 4Add dry ingredients
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture being sure to combine fully, but do not over-mix.
step 5Refrigerate dough
When just mixed, split the dough into two and form two 5-6” disks, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to cool before cutting.
tip Give the dough at least an hour to chill, as this will make rolling out and cutting much easier.
step 6Preheat oven
Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone cooking mat to prevent the cookies from sticking.
step 7Roll out dough
Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour on a work surface, and using the rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
step 8Cut into shapes
Using your choice of cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes.
step 9Transfer to baking sheet
Transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheet — leave about 1” of space between each cookie.
tip Any scraps of leftover dough can be rolled out one more time before becoming tough.
step 10Bake
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until lightly golden, then remove them from the oven—using oven mits, of course!
step 11Cool
Move the cookies to a plate or cooling rack after a minute or two, and let them cool completely before eating or decorating.
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