I'm always looking for a good sugar cookie recipe that is three things:
1) A dough that holds its shape well
2) A fairly basic recipe that doesn't require half of your pantry
3) A great tasting cookie that isn't dry or crunchy
Well, I have found one that holds up very well to those three things! I tastes just like the package mix that you buy at the store and add butter and egg. It rolls out very well after being refrigerated. And it holds its shape for the most part (probably wouldn't be good if your cutout has small legs, intricate pieces, etc).
In addition to being an overall good cookie, they stay fresh for a couple weeks as long as they are in an airtight container. I sent them in a care package to the summer camp my sister is working at and she was still eating on them when I visited her the next weekend.
The recipe is from Pillsbury, which makes since because they sell tons of baking goods so they must know something about good recipes! You can find it here or keep reading below. I also pinned them, along with a bunch of other great recipes on Pinterest and you can follow me here!
Also if you have read my post about 101 in 1001, this is my first month of baking something new each month!
Cutout Sugar Cookies
(makes from 12 to 18, depending on your cutter size)
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour. Heat oven to 400°F. Divide dough in half; keep 1 half refrigerated. On lightly floured surface, roll out other half of dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 4- or 5-inch cookie cutters. On cookie sheet, place cutouts 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake 6 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool on cooling rack.
Also I got these cookie cutters at Michael's for $1.50, and aren't they the cutest?!