Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/3 cups AP flour


  • Beat butter and sugar with mixer until fluffy and well blended.
  • Add the egg, baking powder, salt and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Stir in the flour.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll each out between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper to 1/4" thick. Place each rolled piece of dough on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets. Working with one rolled out portion at a time (keeping the other refrigerated). Cut out the cookies with shapes desired. With a spatula, transfer to baking sheet covered with parchment. Space about 1" apart. Roll out scrapes and keep cutting until all dough is used. If you are not frosting, sprinkle with sugar.


  • Bake 1 sheet at a time, until cookies are lightly golden on top, 6-9 minutes. Rotate sheet half way through baking. Remove the sheet to a rack and let stand until cookies firm slightly. Transfer cookies to rack and cool. SOURCE: Joy of Cooking