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These easy sugar cookies are a great recipe for a novice baker to try out, or if you’ve got young kids at home and want to introduce them to baking. No fuss, few ingredients, and comes together in minutes!
1 cup unsalted butter , room temperature
2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar , divided
2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour , spooned and leveled
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, but recommended)
rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils (optional, but recommended)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line your 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat together butter and 2/3 cup sugar until combined. (It will be a little gritty – that's ok.)
Add in flour and blend well (then blend in the vanilla, if using.)
Using a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
Gently roll the balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until lightly coated; transfer to the baking sheets 2 inches apart. Or you can cut them into fun shapes whether like hearts, bunnies, or smiley faces.
With the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the balls to flatten. Sprinkle with some nonpareils (if using) and lightly press down again just so they stick. (The dough should end up being between an 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so 3/16 to be exact. They will look pretty small in circumference, but they will spread a bit to a normal size cookie.)
Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.
Remove form the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for at least 10-15 minutes (don't skip this step!) Then eat or transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
This recipe renders a slightly crunchier sugar cookie, but they should not be dry or crumbly. If they are too dry, make sure you didn’t 1) use too much flour 2) make the balls of dough too small 3) flatten them too much, 4) baked them at 350 instead of 325, or 5) baked them too long.