Basic Sugar Cookies

Basic Sugar Cookies
Servings: 3 Yield: dozen Prep 15 mins Chill 4 hrs Bake 350°F 12 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting and nonpareils, for decorating

Make It

1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until just combined. Divide dough in half and form each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees . On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12

4. minutes, until lightly golden around edges. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

5. Repeat with remaining half of dough. Gather scraps and refrigerate. Re-roll and cut into additional trees. Bake and cool as above. Decorate with Frosting (see Peppermint Mittens, below) and nonpareils. When dry, cookies may be stored in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 3; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 60, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 13, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 8, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 16, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.