Cut-out sugar cookies and I don't get along. For years, I've attempted to recreate those beautifully decorated sugar cookies you find in bakeries. But alas, I couldn't manage to cut out the cookies properly. So I gave up and bought a cookie press. Which gave me perfect and delicious cookies every time! But when I saw this recipe from Alton Brown, I knew I had to try it. Alton has yet to let me down and boy did these cookies deliver! I managed to get both star and snowflakes! And these cookies taste amazing. You seriously can't stop eating these cookies (you're really gonna want to double this recipe!)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine.
- Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar.
- Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
- Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill.
- Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.
Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sugar-cookies-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback