Recipe: Soft Sugar Cookies

These cookies would be perfect with a thick layer of frosting or just a dusting of sugar. I used my own cinnamon sugar mix (equal parts cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar shaken up in a ziploc) as a topping. I made a dozen and then froze the rest of the dough. No need to have three dozen cookies lying around. I used this recipe (also written out below) – she has prettier pictures. Perfect soft, fluffy sugar cookies.

Soft Sugar Cookies
Yields: 2 dozen (it was about 3 dozen for me)
2 cups granulated sugar*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
14 Tbsp (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

1. Set oven rack in middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread 1/2 cup of the sugar* in a shallow dish for coating and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
2. Beat softened butter, vanilla and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together in a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl & beaters as needed.
3. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined. Give the dough a final stir with a rubber spatula to make sure dough is combined.
4. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using damp palms, roll 2 Tablespoons of dough at a time into balls, then roll in sugar to coat. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheets, spaced 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies with the buttered bottom of a drinking glass, then sprinkle and remaining sugar over flattened tops.
5. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until the edges are set and just beginning to brown but the centers are still soft and puffy, 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Allow cookies to cook on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
* If you have vanilla sugar, substitute 1/2 cup for vanilla sugar for rolling cookies

Source: Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, 2006 via Delish Blog.

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7 Responses to Recipe: Soft Sugar Cookies

  1. OK…now I’m craving sugar cookies. They’re my absolute favorite!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Sounds great! Just in time for the holidays!

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  3. Lindsey says:

    Those look HEAVENLY. Do you use a Silpat?

  4. Bunny says:

    When are you going to publish the world famous recipe for orange cookies?

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