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Classic Cut-out Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until well-combined. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat to combine. Don't beat this mixture too much, as you don't want to aerate the dough.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the wet ingredients. Stir just until combined.
  • Form dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 72.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Divide dough into four pieces. Sprinkle your board with flour and roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with your favorite cutters and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until cookies are set but not too browned.
  • Let cookies cool on sheet for 1 minute, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough.