Easy Sugar Cookies
makes 1 dozen cookies
With an electric beater or in a stand mixer, cream:
1/4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
Cream these together for several minutes. The blend should lighten and look fluffy. Add:
1/4 tsp vanilla
Beat until creamy. Add:
1 1/4 cup Deluxe Pastry Flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until everything is well-combined. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour, or up to several days.
Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and peel the back portion of the parchment paper off, then replace it. Peel the front piece of parchment paper off and discard it. (This makes it easier to remove the cookies from the paper after they are cut out.) Set the rolled-out dough parchment paper side down on a clean work surface and cut out as many cookies as you can. With a thin spatula transfer the cookies to a baking sheet. If you aren't icing the cookies you can put a little sugar on top. You can use the scraps to make more cookies but you may have to refrigerate the rolled-out dough again if it gets too warm to handle.
Bake the cookies for 6-10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they don't get overdone. They are ready when the edges are just slightly brown.
Cool the cookies on a rack and ice them or serve them plain.
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