Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

Simplify your cookie decorating this year by transforming this basic sugar cookie dough recipe into a variety of Christmas goodies.

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  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons almond extract (optional)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt



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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer or a standing mixer fitted with a flat beater. Add egg and blend well. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add extract(s) and blend. Mix flour and salt in a separate bowl and gradually add to wet mixture, blending on low speed to combine. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Briefly knead and roll out dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter and bake on parchment paper-lined baking trays for 14-16 minutes until edges are golden. Smaler cookies may take fewer minutes and larger cookies up to 18 minutes.) [/step-item]

Yields: 8-10 large cookies, 20-25 smaller cookies.[/step-list-wrapper]

Also, see 8 Decorated Christmas Cookies.

Recipes and photos by Meaghan Mountford, author of Cookie Sensations and editor of Craft Gossip.

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