Sugar Cookies

Photo: Lucas Allen

There is nothing better than the buttery taste of a golden sugar cookie. Sure you can decorate them, but why mess with perfection?

Yield: Makes 3 dozen medium-size cookies
Recipe from Real Simple

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 180
  • Calories from fat: 55%
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
  • Sodium: 43mg
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 8g
  • Protein: 2g

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.

    Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low.

    Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and add it slowly to the butter mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a flat 1-inch-thick disk. Refrigerate, wrapped, for 30 minutes.

    Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on parchment-lined baking sheets. The scraps can be combined and rolled out again. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are a light golden brown. Cool slightly on the baking sheets before transferring to cooling racks.
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