Perfect Sugar Cookies

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This is my go-to recipe for cookies with sharp edges that hold their shape in the oven.

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It works for cutting out simple shapes but it is also great for cookies with intricate parts or stamped details.  The cookies have a satisfying snap and pair great with buttercream or royal icing!

What you need:

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Flour – All Purpose Flour is the base for these cookies.

Corn Starch – This is the key ingredient!  The corn starch is what ensures that the cookies to hold their shape and have a nice snap.

Salt – Just a pinch of kosher salt helps to balance out the flavors.

Butter –   For these cookies, use unsalted butter.  You can use it right out of the refrigerator, just cut it into 1/2 inch cubes and whip it in a stand mixer for a few minutes to soften.

Sugar – Granulated sugar gets creamed into the butter until it is light and fluffy.

Vanilla Extract – The perfect flavor to add!

Eggs – The eggs bring the dough together and add a little richness.

How to make the cookies:

Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.  In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the cubed butter until it’s softened.  Add the sugar and whip on medium high until it’s light and creamy.

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Scrape down the bowl, then add the eggs and vanilla extract while mixing on low.  Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the dough forms a ball.

Transfer to plastic wrap and pat down into a square.  Wrap completely and flatten with a rolling pin, then place it in the refrigerator for one hour.

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Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Unwrap the dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper.  Roll it out to a rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out the cookies with a well floured cookie cutter and place on baking sheets with Silpat baking mats.  I used this cute Boston Terrier cookie cuter for this batch-I love how it stamps in the details.  The cookie holds the shape perfectly and the lines are easy to outline in royal icing!

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Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before decorating with icing.

Pro Tips:

  • This cookie dough is very sturdy- if your cookie cutter has narrow parts (like the stamped out ears) that break off, just gently press it back in place.  I had to press a bunch of the ears back in place and all of the cookies held up after baking.
  • If there are any jagged edges, you can easily file thin down with a serrated knife or microplane/zester

 

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Perfect Sugar Cookies

This is my go-to recipe for cookies with sharp edges that hold their shape in the oven.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Makes: 24 Cookies
Author: Corey Grimsley

Ingredients

  • 454 grams all purpose flour
  • 60 grams corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 227 grams butter unsalted
  • 200 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the cubed butter until it’s softened.  Add the sugar and whip on medium high speed until it’s light and creamy.
  • Scrape down the bowl, then add the eggs and vanilla extract while mixing on low.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix just until the dough forms a ball.
  • Transfer to plastic wrap and pat down into a square.  Wrap completely and flatten with a rolling pin, then place it in the refrigerator for one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Unwrap the dough and place it between two sheets of parchment paper.  Roll it out to a rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut out the cookies with a well floured cookie cutter and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before decorating with icing.
Did you try this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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Corey Grimsley

I’m an artist and art restorer who spends an equal amount of time in the kitchen. Follow along as I put an artisanal touch on all of my bakes!

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