Perfect Sugar Cookie Dough
Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang
5 dozen cookies
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Taste and Texturebuttery, crisp, sweet
Type of Dishcookie
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
In the bowl of an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat the butter until creamy and light, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat well. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Beat in the vanilla.
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add it in 2 batches to the creamed mixture, beating for about 30 seconds each time.
The dough should be firm and cohesive, but not sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. If you plan to make several different kinds of cookies with this dough, form into several balls, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Drop the dough, using 1 heaping teaspoon per cookie, onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden.
Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.
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