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BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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The Kids Baking Championship winner gives us her sugar cookie secrets. Midway through the cake challenge during the final round of Food Network's Kids Baking Championship, judges Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli surprised the contestants with an extra task: Create edible party favors. Thirteen-year-old Hollis Johnson quickly whipped up her go-to sugar cookies (she's been making them since she was 4). Although the insides were underbaked, she still won the battle-and the competition. "Taste matters," Hollis says. "But presentation is also so important." Here are a few of her favorite ways to decorate sugar cookies.

Provided by Food Network

Categories     dessert

Time 2h30m

Yield 24 to 36 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 8

2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Basic royal icing, gel food coloring and edible pearls, for decorating (see instructions)

Steps:

  • Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture in 2 batches until just incorporated. Divide between 2 pieces of plastic wrap; shape into disks. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out the dough on a floured surface until about inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters; arrange 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. (If the dough becomes soft, refrigerate until firm.) Refrigerate the cookies 30 minutes. Gather the scraps and refrigerate until firm; reroll and cut out more cookies.
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are slightly puffed and just golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove to racks to cool completely before icing.
  • Basic Royal Icing
  • Whisk one 1-pound box confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons meringue powder in a large bowl. Add 5 tablespoons water and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until soft glossy peaks form, adding up to 1 more tablespoon water if necessary. If not using the icing right away, cover the bowl with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. (Makes about 2 1/4 cups.)
  • Decorating Instructions:
  • Striped:Spread royal icing on the cookie using a small offset spatula. Let set slightly, then dip a wooden skewer in tinted icing to draw stripes.
  • Pearled: Spread royal icing on the cookie using a small offset spatula. Let set slightly, then place sugar pearls around the edges.
  • Windowpane: Spread tinted royal icing on the cookie using a small offset spatula. Let set slightly, then dip a wooden skewer in white icing to draw crisscross lines.
  • Ombre: Tint half of the royal icing, then mix one-third of the tinted icing with one-third of the white icing. Spread the 3 shades on the cookie from dark to light, blending the sections.
  • Floral: Spread royal icing on the cookie using a small offset spatula. Dip a wooden skewer in different colors of tinted icing to draw dots for flowers. Photograph by Jeff Harris/Studio D

BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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The easy-to-handle dough in this basic sugar cookie is perfect for rolling and cutting. It holds its shape well during baking, tastes great, and the flavor can be changed according to whim: Swap out the vanilla and try adding orange zest, lemon zest, finely chopped rosemary or almond extract. You can also give these cookies a radical makeover by decorating them with icing. A few drops of gel food coloring turn them into Color-Field Cookies; red stripes transform them into Peppermint Stripe Cookies; or a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and pistachios create Abstract Art Cookies. Rubber spacers on your rolling pin are especially helpful here: They'll help you roll the dough to an even thickness, resulting in beautiful, uniform cookies.

Provided by Susan Spungen

Categories     snack, cookies and bars, dessert

Time 1h

Yield 2 dozen cookies

Number Of Ingredients 7

2 1/2 cups/320 grams all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup/225 grams unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3/4 cup/150 grams granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until well combined, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just until combined. Scrape the bowl and fold a few times to make sure everything is well combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, flatten into a disk, and chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/4-inch thick. Use 3-inch floured cutters to cut out cookies, and transfer to two parchment- or silicone mat-lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart. Reroll scraps as needed, chilling as needed until firm before rolling and cutting again. Freeze until very firm, about 10 minutes.
  • Bake until golden brown at the edges, 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Let cool a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or frozen up to 3 months.

EASY SUGAR COOKIES



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Quick and easy sugar cookies! They are really good, plain or with candies in them. My friend uses chocolate mints on top, and they're great!

Provided by Stephanie

Categories     Desserts     Cookies     Sugar Cookies

Yield 48

Number Of Ingredients 7

2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 85.9 calories, Carbohydrate 11.7 g, Cholesterol 14 mg, Fat 4 g, Fiber 0.2 g, Protein 0.9 g, SaturatedFat 2.5 g, Sodium 60.1 mg, Sugar 6.3 g

BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add one tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter and sugar.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Time 2h

Yield Makes 32

Number Of Ingredients 10

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3-4 tablespoons milk, water, or lemon juice

Steps:

  • In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.
  • For the icing, sift confectioners' sugar into a small bowl. Whisk in milk, water, or lemon juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If too thin, whisk in more sugar; if too thick, add more liquid. Spread over cookies with back of a spoon. Add other decorations, if desired. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes.

SUGAR COOKIES



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Get Alton Brown's simple Sugar Cookies recipe from Good Eats on Food Network, the perfect base for frosting, sprinkles and other sweet decorations.

Provided by Alton Brown

Categories     dessert

Time 2h24m

Yield about 3 dozen-2 1/2 inch

Number Of Ingredients 8

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Steps:

  • Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES



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These are the familiar cookies, with crispy edges and a slightly soft middle. Superfine sugar gives them their crunchiness. The small amount of baking powder ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much and losing their shape.

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Categories     dessert

Time 3h55m

Yield about 30 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 12

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup meringue powder
Food coloring, optional
Decorating sugar, for topping, optional
Sprinkles, for topping, optional

Steps:

  • For the cookies: Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • Beat the superfine sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; beat in the egg, then the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed until completely incorporated. Divide the dough in half, pat into 2 discs about 1/4 inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Let the dough sit at room temperature for a few minutes to make rolling easier. Roll out 1 disc of dough at a time between 2 pieces of parchment paper until 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  • Gently gather any scraps of dough into a ball and press into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the disc until firm enough to roll, about 1 hour. Cut out as many cookies as possible and bake.
  • For the royal icing: Beat the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and 1/3 cup water with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Beat in the food coloring if using. (The icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.)
  • Decorate the cookies with the icing; top with decorating sugar and sprinkles if using.

BASIC SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH



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Provided by Food Network

Time 1h40m

Yield about 15 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 6

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Steps:

  • Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes). Add egg and vanilla and continue beating until mixture looks smooth (2 minutes). Incorporate flour and salt into butter mixture in low speed. Scrape down sides if bowl. Shape into 2 disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Roll out, cut into desired shapes and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven on lightly greased cookie sheets for 8 to 10 minutes.

3-INGREDIENT SUGAR COOKIES



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Butter, sugar and Gold Medal™ flour are all you need for this quick and easy sugar cookie recipe. The best part? It's a make-ahead and make-it-your-own recipe. After you mix up the dough, shape it into a log and chill before cutting the cookie dough into slices for baking. Decorate the cookies by rolling them in holiday sprinkles before chilling, or drizzle an easy powdered sugar icing over sliced tops after baking. Either way, it makes the perfect holiday cookie. However you complete them, it's a buttery, tender cookie that melts in your mouth with every bite. With easy 3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies, you can save time and focus on the decorating fun.

Provided by By Betty Crocker Kitchens

Categories     Dessert

Time 4h

Yield 20

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons holiday-colored nonpareils or coarse decorating sugar, if desired
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
Betty Crocker™ gel food colors, if desired
Holiday-colored nonpareils or coarse decorating sugar, if desired

Steps:

  • In large bowl, beat softened butter and granulated sugar with spoon until well mixed. Stir in flour until moistened, using hands to mix if needed (dough will be crumbly). Knead 5 to 10 times or until dough is smooth.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each half into a log, 5 inches long by 2 inches in diameter.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of the nonpareils or decorating sugar on plastic wrap; roll one log in nonpareils to cover. Repeat to cover remaining cookie log in nonpareils. Wrap dough logs tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate about 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Unwrap 1 of the dough logs; cut into 1/2-inch slices. On ungreased cookie sheet, place slices 2 inches apart, reshaping if necessary.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Unwrap remaining dough log, and repeat slicing and baking. Cool completely, about 40 minutes.
  • To make Powdered Sugar Icing Drizzle: In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of the milk until well blended. If too thick to drizzle, add additional milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Drizzle over tops of cooled cookies. Sprinkle with nonpareils or decorating sugar. Let stand about 1 hour or until drizzle is set.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 150, Carbohydrate 16 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Fat 2, Fiber 0 g, Protein 1 g, SaturatedFat 6 g, ServingSize 1 Cookie, Sodium 75 mg, Sugar 5 g, TransFat 0 g

BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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This is a very good basic and simple recipe for the traditional sugar cookie. The dough is very easy to work with and just perfect for cookie cutting and decorating. Number of cookies depend on the cut out sizes, so the 25 cookie estimate is very approx. 1 hour cooling time is not included in prep time

Provided by Deantini

Categories     Dessert

Time 50m

Yield 25 cookies, 25 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 10

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar (or packed brown sugar)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (I add double)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
2 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons milk (or water)
food coloring

Steps:

  • Beat butter until fluffy, beat in sugar in 3 additions.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt; beat into butter mixture in 3 additions.
  • Divide dough in 2 equal portions and shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • On lightly floured surface roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness, cut into shapes.
  • Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets, greased or lined with parchment paper (I spray mine with PAM).
  • Bake until light golden for about 10 minutes. Depending on your oven you may have to turn pans halfway through.
  • Mix cookie glaze ingredients until preferred consistency and have fun decorating!

ANNE'S BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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A quick sugar cookie recipe is a lifesaver during the holidays... or on any day. And this method is so simple, I'm a little embarrassed to call it a recipe. It's what you do with it that counts. Roll and cut into your favorite shapes. Or roll balls in coarse sugar before baking. Form the dough into a log, then slice and bake. Turn them into snickerdoodles by adding cinnamon to the sugar. Or give these cookies a completely new look by folding in sprinkles before baking. The possibilities are limitless! Store, lightly covered, at room temperature, for 1 week.

Provided by Anne Byrn

Categories     Sugar Cookies

Time 1h15m

Yield 16

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg white
sugar sprinkles for decorating

Steps:

  • Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Combine cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the mixture comes together into a sticky ball, 30 to 45 seconds.
  • Roll the dough to 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured board with a lightly floured rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to stamp out shapes and place them 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (You can reroll the dough scraps once and cut out more cookies.) Brush the cookies with egg white and decorate with sprinkles.
  • Place one pan in the oven at a time. Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes for smaller cookies and 10 to 12 minutes for larger. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then remove to wire racks with a metal spatula to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 161.4 calories, Carbohydrate 21.2 g, Cholesterol 23.6 mg, Fat 7.8 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 1.9 g, SaturatedFat 3.3 g, Sodium 185.8 mg, Sugar 11.8 g

BASIC SUGAR-COOKIE DOUGH



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Here's one of the best-kept secrets of professional bakers: It takes only one cookie dough to produce a beautiful assortment of holiday cookies. Use this dough to make Santa's Snowflakes, Orange Spritz, and Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprints.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Yield Makes enough for our 4 varieties of cookies

Number Of Ingredients 6

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons salt
5 cups all-purpose flour

Steps:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt; mix on medium speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in 2 batches, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Place each on a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.

SIMPLE SUGAR COOKIES



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These "trees" are made from stacks of sugar cookies coated with white icing. See our Royal Icing recipe.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Yield Makes 7 dozen

Number Of Ingredients 11

4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup olive oil
1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for pressing cookies
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one orange

Steps:

  • Sift together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda; set aside. Place butter, olive oil, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium until fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and orange zest until well combined. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture slowly, until fully incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into balls measuring about 1 inch in diameter, and place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches part. Press flat with a glass dipped in sugar. Place cookies in oven, and bake until very lightly golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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This recipe uses a make-ahead mix that can be stored for a couple of weeks. Use 2 cups for this recipe. Add the following ingredients to the mix for Sugar Cookies.

Provided by Mellan

Categories     Desserts     Cookies     Sugar Cookies

Time 45m

Yield 36

Number Of Ingredients 4

½ cup butter
2 cups basic cookie mix
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  • Melt butter over low heat and add to 2 cups Basic Cookie Mix.
  • Lightly beat the egg and add to mixture. Stir in vanilla and mix well.
  • With lightly floured hands shape into 1 inch balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
  • Cool a couple of minutes before removing from cookie sheet to racks to complete cooling.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 118.6 calories, Carbohydrate 16 g, Cholesterol 24.3 mg, Fat 5.4 g, Protein 1.7 g, SaturatedFat 3.3 g, Sodium 120.5 mg, Sugar 0.1 g

EASY SUGAR COOKIES



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Quick and easy sugar cookies. This quick and easy sugar cookie recipe is perfect for any occasion, and can be made with just the basic ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

Provided by andrew

Categories     Dessert

Time 30m

Yield 48 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 7

2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl; set the mixture aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Once combined, slowly blend in the dry ingredients until evenly mixed.
  • Searate dough into tablespoon-sized balls.
  • Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Place on center rack and bake for 5 to 7 minutes (or until golden brown). Let the cookies sit for 2 minutes before cooling on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 102.9, Fat 5.9, SaturatedFat 3.7, Cholesterol 19.1, Sodium 86.1, Carbohydrate 11.8, Fiber 0.2, Sugar 6.3, Protein 0.9

THE BEST ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES



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Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise! NOTE: I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.

Provided by J. Saunders

Categories     Desserts     Cookies     Sugar Cookies

Yield 60

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Steps:

  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 109.5 calories, Carbohydrate 14.7 g, Cholesterol 24.6 mg, Fat 5 g, Fiber 0.3 g, Protein 1.5 g, SaturatedFat 3 g, Sodium 92.6 mg, Sugar 6.7 g

BASIC SUGAR COOKIES



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This is the perfect basic sugar cookie recipe for decorating; soft, buttery, and sweet.

Provided by blobberboo

Time 30m

Yield Makes 25-30 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 6

225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tsp baking powder
330g plain flour

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease and line two cookie sheets.
  • In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  • In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
  • DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes you desire.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

QUICK, EASY SUGAR COOKIES RECIPE



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Quick and easy sugar cookies that taste like grandma's homemade holiday cookies but are as simple as slice and bake. This recipe evolved because friends were craving dessert but I only had pantry ingredients and NO baking powder. I used more baking soda as a substitution and they worked like a charm. Two dozen cookies, gone in a flash.

Provided by LJeffTheChef

Categories     Dessert

Time 18m

Yield 24 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 8

2 3/4 cups flour (all purpose is fine)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter (softened in microwave)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg (large)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
sugar (for rolling the dough balls in before baking)

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F In a bowl, mix flour and baking soda.
  • In a larger bowl, cream sugar and softened butter until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Blend in the dry ingredients slowly until combined. I first made these with a fork instead of a mixer and it was fine. Hand roll into balls (teaspoon size) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Optional: Roll the dough balls in a mix of cinnamon and sugar before placing on the baking sheet.
  • Bake 8 - 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes away from the heat before devouring.

CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES



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As you might expect from Betty Crocker, these are the classic version of a sugar cookie-the kind your grandma or even great-grandma would recognize. These cookies are the originals that provided a sweet, universally lovable starting point for generations of bakers to riff on, and we stand by them just as they are. With a tender, short texture that comes from a good buttery base, they break with just the right balance of bend and snap. And the taste? When we recently baked up a few batches for pre-Christmas testing, person after person in the Test Kitchens said, "Now THAT is a sugar cookie." While flavor and texture are arguably the key criteria on which cookies should be judged, when it comes to sugar cookies, there's another important factor: how easy they are to decorate. It's crucial that sugar cookie dough can be easily turned into cookies that are equal parts decorative and delicious. During our most recent testing of this recipe, we also noticed that there were no instructions for a glaze in this recipe. Not wanting to leave you-or your cookies-high and dry, we tested a few glazes. The one we landed on is simple and made with common pantry staples, but the magic is in the ratio of ingredients-we ensured that it results in a glaze that's easily tintable, covers smoothly and dries firmly so that you can stack the finished cookies without fear of smudging them. However you chose to decorate them, dress these classic sugar cookies up in holiday style and they'll be the star of every Christmas gathering.

Provided by Betty Crocker Kitchens

Categories     Dessert

Time 7h50m

Yield 55

Number Of Ingredients 13

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Food colors, if desired
Colored sugar or candy sprinkles, if desired

Steps:

  • In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the almond extract and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half; shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Roll each disk on lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters into desired shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  • In medium bowl, beat 3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired with colored sugar or candy sprinkles. Let stand about 4 hours or until frosting is set. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 90, Carbohydrate 14 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Fat 1/2, Fiber 0 g, Protein 0 g, SaturatedFat 2 g, ServingSize 1 Cookie, Sodium 50 mg, Sugar 10 g, TransFat 0 g

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST SUGAR COOKIES RECIPE BY TASTY



How to Make the Best Sugar Cookies Recipe by Tasty image

Here's what you need: unsalted butter, granulated sugar, cream cheese, large egg, large egg yolks, McCormick® vanilla extract, McCormick® almond extract, kosher salt, all purpose flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, kosher salt, vanilla extract, gel food coloring, water, pasteurized egg white

Provided by Scott Loitsch

Categories     Desserts

Yield 12 cookies

Number Of Ingredients 17

24 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon McCormick® vanilla extract
½ teaspoon McCormick® almond extract
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ½ cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gel food coloring, of your choice
water, as needed
¼ cup pasteurized egg white

Steps:

  • Make the cookie dough: In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese with an electric hand mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes, until fluffy and the sugar is mostly dissolved. Scrape down the bowl as needed to evenly beat the mixture.
  • Add the egg, egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the salt, then sift the flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar into the bowl and fold to incorporate some of the flour. Then beat on low speed, just until incorporated and the dough comes together.
  • Shape the dough into a flat disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days.
  • When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin to ¼-inch (6mm) thick.
  • Dip cookie cutters of your choice in some extra flour and cut out shapes from the dough. Gather any excess dough into a ball and chill in the fridge to firm, then re-roll and cut out more cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and chill for at least 20 minutes to ensure they hold their shapes.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges just barely start to turn golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating with royal icing or frosting.
  • To make the royal icing, sift the powdered sugar into a large bowl and add the salt. On one side of the bowl, add the vanilla and egg whites.
  • Where you added the liquids, begin whisking the powdered sugar into the liquids, gathering a bit more as you whisk to prevent lumps from forming, until all of the powdered sugar is incorporated. Add food coloring, if desired, and whisk to incorporate. You can divide the icing into smaller bowls to make more than one color. At this point, the icing should be a good consistency for piping borders. If you'd like the frosting to be looser to flood or dip your cookies, add a few tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Decorate the cookies as desired.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts : Calories 610 calories, Carbohydrate 86 grams, Fat 27 grams, Fiber 0 grams, Protein 6 grams, Sugar 58 grams

SUGAR COOKIES



Sugar Cookies image

This sugar cookie dates back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by feel and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they'll become yours as well. -Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Desserts

Time 40m

Yield 5 dozen.

Number Of Ingredients 9

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Additional sugar

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture., Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place on greased baking sheets; flatten with a glass. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 60 calories, Fat 3g fat (1g saturated fat), Cholesterol 7mg cholesterol, Sodium 28mg sodium, Carbohydrate 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 1g protein.

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Top Asked Questions

How do you make a quick and easy sugar cookie?
This quick and easy sugar cookie recipe is perfect for any occasion, and can be made with just the basic ingredients you already have in your cupboard." Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius. Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a bowl; set the mixture aside. Cream the butter and sugar.
What are the ingredients in sugar cookies?
· Leaveners: Baking soda and baking powder act as leaveners, which means they help the cookies rise. · Butter: Two sticks of butter add moisture and richness. · Sugar: Of course, you'll need sugar for sugar cookies! · Egg: An egg lends more moisture and helps bind the cookie dough together.
What do I need to make cookies?
Granulated sugar – you will need white sugar to make the cookies AND for rolling the cookies in before baking. Egg and egg yolk – I always use large eggs when baking.
How do you make a sourdough Cookie?
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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