Sugar Cookie

It's Christmas time and what better time to make sugar cookies. Found this recipe on Internet and it's so easy that my daughter made it with my help in rolling the dough.

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 10-20 min
Makes: about 3 dozen cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tblsp milk
Powdered sugar - when rolling dough


1. Sift flour, salt and baking powder.
2. Beat butter and sugar in the electric stand mixer till it becomes lighter in color. 
3. Add egg, vanilla essence and milk and beat till the mixture combines.
4. On slow speed, add flour slowly and beat till the dough starts to pull away from the sides. 
5. Grease your palms with a little oil before handling the dough. This ensures it doesn't stick to your hands. Divide the dough into 5-6 equal parts. Wrap each part in cling wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
6. Preheat oven to 375.
7. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on the counter. Take 1 part out and roll it out. Make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom and to the rolling pin. You can be generous in using the powdered sugar. Cut out desired shapes and place on parchment paper in baking tray. Keep about an inch between the cookies. Use left out dough after cut outs to roll again and cut more cookies. The dough becomes softer as you roll, so you need to be quick. You could freeze the softer dough for quick 3-4 minutes to harden it or roll the soft dough carefully. 
8. Bake for about 9-10 min flipping once at half time. 
9. Cool cookies before icing or enjoy without icing.

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