It’s easy to get carried away with new and involved recipes to try out during the holidays, but it’s the simple, classic ones we keep coming back to. That’s not to say we don’t like to experiment with impressive recipes to wow our friends and family, but we’ve found that, over the years, it’s those traditional recipes that bring back great memories and always bring a smile to our face. First and foremost, our classic sugar cookies. These treats are the perfect blend of sweet and buttery goodness and they’re absolutely adorable when you use seasonal cookie cutters to set the mood. We’ve been making this recipe for years and hope you love it as much as we do!
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
holiday cookie cutters
In a large bowl or mixer cream together butter and sugar until fluffy and lightened in color. 3-4 minutes.
One at a time, beat in eggs, then add in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat until just combined.
Divide dough in half and shape into 2 discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Once chilled, preheat oven to 350ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll each disc out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness.
Use holiday cookie cutters to form cookies and transfer to lined baking sheets.
Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 7-9 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.