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The Best Sugar Cookies

best sugar cookie cut into heart shape and dipped in chocolate with sprinkles

An easy and delicious sugar cookie recipe that holds shape well and doesn’t require chilling.

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Decorating sugar, frosting or chocolate for dipping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Blend in egg and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, blend dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt). Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix will appear crumbly.
  3. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough to around 1/4″ (6mm) thick. (Go thicker for a softer, chewy cookie, or thinner for a crispy cookie.)
  4. Cut out sugar cookies and remove excess dough from around shapes. Alternatively, shape dough into a cylinder, and slice off ¼” (6mm) thick rounds.
  5. Sprinkle with decorating sugar, sprinkles or vanilla sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies firm around the edges. (Bake until lightly browned for crispier cookies.) Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If you skipped the decorating sugar, you can frost the cookies or dip them in chocolate for decoration.
  8. Store your sugar cookies in an airtight container. Use within one to two weeks of baking for best quality, or freeze for longer storage.

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