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Sugar Cookies

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A simple sugar cookie recipe with a tender, flaky texture and a buttery taste. Yum!

Makes about 24

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder in intervals. Dough will seem as if doesn't have enough moisture but continue to mix with mixer until combined (it will come together when chilled). Divide the dough into four equal parts, shape into four disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper, about 1/4 inch thick for crispier cookies and 1/3 inch thick for softer cookies. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges just start to turn a golden color. For softer cookies, do not allow the cookies to take on color. Remove from oven, let cool for one minute and then transfer to wire rack. Allow cookie sheet to cool thoroughly before placing uncooked dough on it. Decorate cookies with Royal Icing or Buttercream Frosting and sprinkles.

Can be stored in freezer undecorated for 2 months. Dough also freezes well.

Note: Yield varies greatly depending on how thin you roll out the dough and how large your cookie cutters are, but an overall guideline is 24 cookies.

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Reviews of Sugar Cookies:

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  Grandpa in Illinois  Dec 20, 2014
Would make this again.
I have been making these for Years these are just like the ones Mom used make. I add a half tsp of almond extract a half tsp of salt and put colored sugar on top before baking. Its just not Christmas without these cookies! 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 20, 2014
Would make this again.
Best recipe, I use it every year to get crisp cookies with the buttercream frosting. YUM! 5 stars

  A cookie baker in Seattle  Dec 12, 2014
Would make this again.
Great recipe 4 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 8, 2014
Would not make this again.
Horrible, dough was flimsy and everything broke apart. Followed instructions to the letter. 1 star

  A cookie baker in Ks  Dec 4, 2014
Would not make this again.
The hardest cookie dough I\'ve ever worked with! Had to find another recipe for our cutouts... Couldn\'t get this one to roll out to a disk! 1 star

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