I am, on occasion, the most-blessed person on the planet. I absolutely love to cook for other people, especially when it comes to making meals and baked goods suitable to their specific tastes. I have found that while many people share the same tastes inside cultures and family groups, they are not all identical. So, having a sugar cookies recipe that gives me the ability to quickly change flavors probably puts me at an advantage in the kitchen.
This dough gives you the most versatile sugar cookies you’ll ever make. I’m not kidding, you won’t ever need to look up another easy cookie dough recipe again. Promise.
These cookies are perfect for those times the people in your household are adamant that they only want one type of cookie. BUT! They’re also absolutely perfect for those times you can’t decide what kind of cookie you feel like making for yourself.
You can also make this dough and freeze it for later. It keeps for a few months in the freezer, but only a few days in the fridge. It’s great to have when you’re just hanging out, or snowed in, or just don’t feel like heading to the store and braving the crowds.
I have been using this cookie recipe for many years, and I use it for everything from creating new flavors, to parties where everyone wants a different style of cookie (like kids parties, cookie exchanges, and bake sales). I especially like to send the recipe out for virtual parties, and it ensures that everyone gets their favorite cookies during the event.
The beauty of this basic sugar cookies dough is that you can mix in almost any flavor (almond), sprinkle, chip (chocolate, duh), dried fruit (cherries?!), and jimmie (or a combination), and it will create a completely different cookie each time.
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Choose Your Own Adventure Sugar Cookies
- Heat Oven to 350°F
- Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt
- In a mixing bowl on low speed, cream together butter, sugar, egg + yolk, and vanilla
- Increase speed to medium, and add flour mixture by the spoonful until just combined (don't over mix)
- Turn dough out on to lightly-floured surface, and knead dough
- Knead in your chosen Mix-Ins
- Roll into 2-inch balls, and place them about 2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Gently flatten with a glass, until they are about 1/2-inch thick
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown