The best sugar cookie recipes all have one thing in common, they’re easy to make and delicious. It’s simple but true.
Most sugar cookies are refrigerated before they’re cut and baked. However, some sugar cookies are drop sugar cookies. This recipe is for the best “rolled” which means they’re going to be refrigerated.
I’ve found that most sugar cookie recipes, even when they don’t call for a chill time, bake better when they’ve been chilled.
Additionally, if you only work with part of the dough, be sure to leave the remaining dough in the refrigerator. Or if the dough you’re working with is quite large, cut it in smaller parts and refrigerate what you’re not working with. Most recipes, even the best sugar cookie recipes, tend to leave out this important step.
What happens if the sugar cookie dough isn’t properly chilled?
The sugar cookies will come out of your oven looking like thin pancakes. They’ll likely taste just fine if you like crispy sugar cookies. However, they won’t have that delightful chewy mouth feel that the best sugar cookie recipes have. And they’ll be about three times larger around than you want.
This is particularly troublesome if you’re cutting the sugar cookies into shapes. The shapes will be distorted if the cookie dough is too warm.
The solution is simple…
Chill your sugar cookie dough.
Okay, onto the the best sugar cookie recipe:
Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Ingredients
- -1 1/2 cups butter, softened (Room temperature is ideal and works much better than melted butter.)
- -2 cups white sugar
- -4 eggs – room temperature
- -1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- -5 cups all-purpose flour
- -2 teaspoons baking powder
- -1 teaspoon salt
Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Directions:
Step One: Grab two bowls, one large for mixing and one medium sized bowl for the dry ingredients. In the larger mixing bowl cream together your butter and sugar. Mix together until it is light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla – mix until combined.
Step Two: In your medium bowl blend your dry ingredients. When measuring your flour spoon it into your measuring cup and then place the mixture into a sifter to make sure there are no flour chunks. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
Step Three: With a wooden spoon or your hand mixture on low add the dry ingredients to your butter and sugar mixture.
Step Four: Tear off a few large pieces of plastic wrap – enough to cover your dough. Shape dough into a ball w your hands. Place dough on a large strip of plastic wrap and wrap tightly.
Step Five: Chill dough for one hour. (You can chill for longer if you need to.)
Step Six: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Step Seven: Remove dough from refrigerator. You’re going to be rolling it out now so put any dough you’re not working with back into the refrigerator.
Roll your out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it until the dough is approximately a quarter of an inch thick.
Cut the dough into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch and a half apart from each other – I like to use parchment paper, it makes the best sugar cookie recipes turn out perfectly done and it’s hassle free.
Step Eight: Bake the cookies for approximately eight minutes. Keep a careful eye on them during the cooking time and check after five or six minutes to see how they’re cooking. Adjust cooking time if necessary. Depending on thickness the cookies may cook faster or slower.
Step Nine: Remove your sugar cookies from the oven and allow to cool before you remove them from the cookie sheet. This is one of the reasons I like to use parchment paper. You can simply slide the paper right off the cookie sheet. Place a clean sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet and add more cut sugar cookies.
Step Ten: Of course step ten is to try your cookies! Enjoy!
Enjoy these cookies with one of the best books ever written…
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