Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Luba  Dube
by Luba Dube
24 Cookies
40 min

One of my absolute favourite cookies is the sugar cookie. It’s such a delicate cookie, well-flavoured cookie – and ever so versatile! I love to flavour mine with vanilla most of the time, but you can switch it up and use different flavourings (such as almond, orange or even peppermint) for different versions!

My favourite part about making sugar cookies is decorating them as they create the perfect canvas. You can use royal icing for elaborate designs, or keep it simple with some dipped chocolate. The world is absolutely your oyster with these cookies. But what makes them even more special, is they taste perfect on their own with a nice cup of tea!

Cream butter and sugar

Add egg and vanilla

Sift in flour, salt and baking soda and powder.

Mix until dough forms

Transfer dough to clinfilm

Wrap tightly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Roll out and cut out cookies

Cut into two pieces for ease of rolling

Place onto lined baking tray

Bake until lightly browned

Baked and ready to decorate

Decorate as desired and enjoy!

Recipe details
  • 24  Cookies
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 450g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: Decorations

Using a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until incorporated.
Sift flour, salt baking powder and soda into butter, sugar and egg mixture, then mix to combine. The mixture will appear dry at first but keep mixing until a dough forms. Transfer dough onto plastic wrap, wrap tightly and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 175 C (350 F). Lightly flour your surface then place the chilled dough. Divide into two pieces for ease of rolling - ensuring the other half is wrapped out to prevent drying out whilst working with the first.
Roll out sugar cookie until about 1/4" or until desired thickness. Lightly dust a cookie cutter with flour then cut out cookies. Repeat with remaining dough.
Line two baking trays, and place cookies on. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes depending on thickness until just set and very lightly browned.
Remove from oven and leave to cool down on baking tray. Dip in chocolate if desired. Enjoy!