Vanilla Sugar Cookie

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Vanilla Sugar Cookie Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 12 3-inch cookies
Prep Time: 2 hours 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (4 ounces) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks; 6 ounces) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (11 ounces) all-purpose flour
1   large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract





In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter, and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, scraping down the bowl after each addition.  Beat until the dough just comes together, being careful not to over mix.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Place the ball of dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/4 inch think.  Keeping the dough in the parchment, transfer to a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Cut out the cookies in the desired shapes and places on a half-sheet pan lined with parchment paper or an ungreased nonstick cookie sheet, at least 1 inch apart.  Transfer to the freezer and chill for at least 15 minutes or until they are stiff.

Bake until the cookies are light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Let cookies cool completely on the sheets before decorating.  (They will still be soft when they come out of the oven and may break or become misshapen if they are moved off the sheets before cool.)

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love these cookies and miss u paula what tv station will u air on

By tanya stroer on February 14, 2014


Good cookies!

By May on December 24, 2013


Hi Paula Dean, I love you and I miss you very much on TV. Stay strong and know that there is a lot of people behind you who loves you. God bless you and your family

By Annie Williams on December 20, 2013


Dear Paula, I love your show and trust your recipes. I am baking your sugar cookie recipe today. I would very much like meeting you someday. You are what you were born to be:) God bless you and your loved ones. Ava Hall

By Ava Hall on December 08, 2013


i love your cooking. it makes my daughter and soon to be husband happy.

By candy on December 08, 2012


Hello Paula!! Let me just say that I absolutely love your show!! There was a show I watched that had two ladies with you. You were making sugar cookies and then icing them. They were exactly the ones I'd like to make with the kids for the holidays. I've looked on your site and am not finding them. I found the Vanilla Sugar Cookie, but they don't quite look like the ones from the show. Can ou help plz. It's so hard finding the perfect sugar cookie. Thank you!!

By Lynette on November 26, 2012


This recipe was a lot of work and if I had read the directions all the way to the end I would not have made these because of that. I did not use all the salt recommended and it was a little salty, even after frosting was added. The cookies are enjoyable and the kids had a blast making them but I will be looking for another recipe to use next time.

By Honesty on October 18, 2012


I made the mistake of thinking the extra tablespoons on the flour and sugar were for dusting and had to add them as an after though. Sadly the cookies turned out only ok. Going to try again another time and not freezing them cause they were a little hard also. Overall pretty darn good!

By Anonymous on September 07, 2012


i would love it if you could tell me a easy way to make suger cookies

By cindy on May 20, 2012


My 6 year old Granddaughter made these. They were easy, fast, and great tasting. If any of you complaints couldn't make them right don't blame Paula... Huge and kisses from Texas... Love Kandi.and 6 year old Kay'La xoxo

By Kandi Barnes Matamoros on March 15, 2012


I love them. quick, easy, and great tasting. My 6 year old granddaughter made them while I watched. So if yall didn't turn out good, you did something wrong... Thanks Paula... Love and kisses from Texas..... Kandi and 6 year old Kay'La xoxoxo

By Kandi Barnes Matamoros on March 15, 2012


Dear Pala, Your cookies are the best me and my family love you and you saying rocks a stick of butter makes everying better !!!!!!!!!!

By Savannah& Megan on December 23, 2011


My daughter and I made the sugar cookies and they turned out great.

By georgetta pullen on December 22, 2011


too salty and too dry

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By HEather on April 16, 2011


I love to watch your show, and cook. Thanks for making cooking so fun!

By james A.PLUNKETT on April 04, 2011


Great cookies! Easy to make the dough in the bread maker!

By Mariah on December 14, 2010


How come there are no recipes or tips for decorating christmas cookies???

By Darlene on December 13, 2010

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