Simple Sugar Cookies

Simple Sugar Cookies
Levi Brown
These basic but tasty cookies can be cut out and decorated any way you please.

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Makes 40 cookies
preparation
20
minutes
cooking
165
minutes

Ingredients

1/2
cup
(1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2
cup
granulated sugar
1
large egg
1
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
1/2
teaspoon
kosher salt
1 3/4
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the work surface
decorating sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla and salt.
  2. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Shape into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll the dough ¼ inch thick. Using lightly floured 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes, flouring the cutters and rerolling the scraps as necessary. Place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with decorating sugar, if using.
  4. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges just begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dawn Perry
November 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 53
  • Fat 2 g
  • Sat Fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Sodium 26 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Carbohydrate 7 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Fiber 0 g
  • Iron 0 mg
  • Calcium 2 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.