The 12 Treats of Christmas: #11 Classic Sugar Cookies

I’ve got my binder open, and this recipe comes from a photocopy of a page from Chatelaine Magazine circa 1998. 15 years later, this is still my go-to sugar cookie recipe. As I said yesterday, I don’t have a photo yet, as we’re going to bake these over the weekend. But I find I like it when the dough chills for a good long while (overnight if possible), so I thought I’d post now so you too can get the batter together tomorrow and have a good old-fashioned cookie bake with the kids this weekend now that school is out.

You can find this recipe here on the Chatelaine site.

Roberto Caruso  Photo: Roberto Caruso

Classic Sugar Cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 60 minutes
Baking Time: 8 minutes
Makes: 96 cookies

Ingredients

  • 5 – 5½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, using a fork, stir 5 cups flour with baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter with sugar on medium-high for 2 min. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down side of bowl as necessary. Then beat in vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour mixture just until evenly blended. (Over-mixing toughens cookies.)
  • If dough is too sticky to form into a ball, stir in remaining ½ cup flour, 2 tbsp at a time, until dough is no longer sticky and easy to roll. (You may not need all the flour.) Divide dough into 4 portions. Shape each into a ball, then flatten slightly into a disc . Wrap separately with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 1 week. Or overwrap with heavy foil and freeze up to 1 month.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375F. Lightly spray or oil 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough no thicker than ¼ in. (0.5 cm). Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Place on baking sheets, about 2 in. apart. Bake in centre of preheated oven until cookies are pale golden, 8 to 10 min, depending on thickness. Place cookie sheet on a rack for 5 min. Then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.

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