Sugar cookies are a holiday tradition for many people in the USA. Make this recipe a fun, family activity for children and adults alike by picking out fun cookie cutters, and decorating the cookies by hand. This easy recipe is great for making a quick batch of cookies, and the dough can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer or refrigerator.
Sugar cookies rolled in colored sugar.
1 ½ cups of butter, softened
5 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Slowly mix in the eggs and vanilla, using an electric hand mixer if you have one handy. Add in the baking powder, salt, and vanilla one by one until a firm dough forms. Cover your dough with saran wrap and chill for at least two hours [although overnight is best].
When your dough has chilled and you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 400 F. Flour a non-stick surface, such as a wooden cutting board, and roll out your dough until it is about ½ an inch thick. Cut your dough into shapes using cookie cutters or, for a traditional round cookie, using a Mason jar or cup.
Place your cut out cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for six to eight minutes. Cool completely before frosting or coating in sugar. [Makes about 5 dozen cookies]