Sugar Cookies

Makes 36 medium cookies
preparation
25
minutes
cooking
75
minutes
other
0
minutes

Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
  4. On a floured surface, roll the dough to ¼ inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1½ inches apart. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar, if using.
  5. Bake until just beginning to brown at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutritional Information

Calories
180
Calories From Fat
55
%
Fat
11
g
Sat Fat
7
g
Cholesterol
39
mg
Sodium
43
mg
Carbohydrate
21
g
Fiber
1
g
Sugar
8
g
Protein
2
g