Okay folks, brace yourselves. I’m about to share the best sugar cookie recipe out there for making cut outs. I have tried so many recipes over the years only to be disappointed and one bright shiny day a friend of mine gave me this recipe and I have been hooked since!
One thing I lack is patience. And most of the time you need to chill the dough for hours in order to cut them out. Not this recipe. You can make it and immediately break out the cookie cutters and go to town!
Perfect Sugar Cookie Dough
copied from The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle
1 cup *two sticks* REAL unsalted butter, softened
1.5 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 tsp of flavoring (almond or vanilla are what I use!)
2.5-2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
*Cream together softened butter and sugar. Crack the egg in a separate bowl and add flavoring. Add that to the butter/sugar mixture and combine until the egg is thoroughly incorporated. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add that little by little to the butter mixture. I can tell the dough is ready when most of it sticks to the paddle. When I touch it, it has a little give, but does not stick to my fingers.
* Roll out the dough on parchment paper about 1/4 inch thick, use flour for dusting as necessary. The cut and back at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes! This version makes about 2-2.5 dozen cookies!
*This dough does NOT need to be refrigerated.
*It does need to rest a bit after mixing, about a minute or two to firm up.
*Baking times can vary depending on your stove so just watch them and adjust as needed!
*The cookies freeze well.
Thank you SweetSugarBelle.com for the recipe! It’s a family favorite!