- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
Not chilling the dough.
Chilling the dough is a key step in making sugar cookies, especially when you‘re making cut-outs. Even if you‘re tight on time, make sure to get the dough in the fridge, or even the freezer, even if it’s only for a little while. Chilled dough also holds its shape better in the oven.
Unlike many things in the baking world, sugar cookies are meant to be foolproof. They don’t have much butter or leavening, so they’ll keep their shape when you roll out the dough and cut them. They’re sturdy enough to be handled and decorated, but soft and delicious enough to be a Christmastime dessert staple.
Want soft, fluffy cookies? Add an extra egg yolk to any cookie recipe and you’ll have softer cookies that taste like they just came out of the oven for days. —merlexcal84Learn more about how eggs affect your cookies here.
Whether using your favorite recipe or pre-made, you can easily spruce up your sugar cookie dough into gourmet treats by adding nuts, chocolate chips, citrus zest, toffee bits, extracts or spices.
Don’t mix it in, it’ll futz with the behavior of the dough. Sugar is akin to a liquid in baking so it’s sort of like adding extra water. Coating or adding more/sweeter chips as suggested would be the way to go.
Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Coating your baking sheet with nonstick spray or butter creates an overly greasy foundation, causing the cookies to spread. I always recommend a silicone baking mat because they grip onto the bottom of your cookie dough, preventing the cookies from spreading too much.
Make a very slightly sweet matcha or coffee topping, or add the powder to the dough, and let the sweetness of the cookie temper the bitterness. Coat with melted dark chocolate or add unsweetened cocoa to the dough, and it will help cut right through the sugar.