Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen cookies Prep 15 mins Chill several hours or overnight Bake 350°F 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make It

1. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

2. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in clean bowl until blended. Stir in flour mixture. Gather into ball. Wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat baking sheets with nonstick vegetable-oil cooking spray.

4. Roll out dough with lightly floured rolling pin on lightly floured surface to 3/8-inch thickness. Cut into cookies with 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters in holiday shapes. Place cookies on prepared sheets, spacing 1-1/2 inches apart. Decorate with colored sprinkles, sugars, jimmies and gum drops, if desired.

5. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Variation

Vanilla Glaze:
  • In small bowl, gradually stir 1 to 2 tablespoons milk into 1 cup confectioners sugar until smooth and good glazing consistency. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or lemon juice. Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.