Sugar cookies are quintessentially the most perfect cookie. They are sweet, buttery, and crisp with the “just right” chew in the center. What could be bad about that? This classic sugar cookies recipe is no frills, made with simple ingredients, and baked to chewy perfection. Fresh baked cookies smell so good, it’s almost worth making these just for the aromas.
The origins of sugar cookies date back to mid-1700s in Pennsylvania. In fact, the term “sugar cookie” was not the original; it was known as the Nazareth cookie in ode to the birthplace of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. German protestant settlers in the area were the founders of this cookie and has grown in popularity. Classic sugar cookies are round in shape, made with loads of butter and sugar. Read more about the sugar cookie origin here. A classic sugar cookie is a blonde cookie, coated in granulated sugar and chewy when bitten. This recipe for sugar cookies is exactly that!
Sugar Cookies Ingredients:
- 256g all purpose flour (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- kosher salt
- 16 tbsp (8oz or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 300g sugar (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Sugar Cookies Directions:
Start by preheating the oven to 350º. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together, taking your time here until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and incorporate. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, powder, and salt. Slowly add in the flour half at a time and mix until the flour is incorporated. Using a cookie scoop, scoop batter to a parchment lined tray. Bake 350° for 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
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