A Traditional Favorite: Rolled Sugar Cookies

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The focus of many heartfelt memories around the holidays, a sugar cookie recipe is one that is universal. From being the base of those palate-pleasing dessert pizzas to the colorful frosted or sugar-coated art pieces that adorn many tables throughout the holiday, there is always a reason to have your favorite sugar cookie recipe handy. It is important to note that adding the right amount of ingredients will ensure the cookies turn out perfectly every time.


1. Begin by sifting flour, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Set the dry ingredients aside.

2. Using an electric stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Continue mixing until the contents are light in color.

3. Add the beaten egg and milk to the butter and sugar mixture.

4. Turn the mixer to a low speed setting.

5. Gradually begin adding your dry contents to the batter. Continue mixing at a low speed until all dry ingredients have been added.

6. Turn the mixer off when the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.

7. Evenly divide the dough in half, rolling the dough into a soft ball.

8. Wrap each of the dough balls in wax paper.

9. Place the wrapped dough balls into the refrigerator, allowing them to chill for two hours.

10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

11. Prepare rolling surface for the dough by sprinkling with powdered sugar to prevent the dough from sticking.

12. Remove one roll of dough from the refrigerator and unwrap it from the wax paper. Lay the dough ball on prepared surface.

13. Sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar.

14. Roll out dough until it is 1/4 inch in thickness.

15. Grease a nine inch by 13 inch baking sheet or line the pan with parchment paper.

16. Use biscuit or cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes of dough.

17. Place shapes on baking sheet, ensuring one inch of space between each cookie.

18. Bake in oven for seven to nine minutes, or until the edges of cookies begin to brown.

19. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to rest for two minutes.

20. Use a spatula to transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack.

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar used for rolling out dough