Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This is a great sugar cookie recipe that I use for every holiday. Just change the cookie cutters and decorations and you have beautiful cookies to give to friends and family (if they last that long!). This is a recipe by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

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Servings: 4 Dozen


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  • 12 Tbsp (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • water


  1. In a large bowl cream sugar and butter with electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add egg, lemon zest, vanilla and beat until blended.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk flour and salt together.
  4. With mixer on low gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture until blended.
  5. Add a few drops of water, if necessary, until dough pulls away from bowl.
  6. Scrape dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and use wrap, not fingers, to press dough together to form a thick, flat, disk.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 convection).
  8. On lightly floured surface, roll dough about 1/8" thick for small cookies and 1/4" thick for large cookies.
  9. Transfer to cookie sheets and chill a few minutes before baking.
  10. Bake 8-12 minutes for small cookies, 12-15 minutes for large, until lightly browned on edges.
  11. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely before decorating with royal icing. (See Royal Icing Recipe)


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 173g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 728  
Calories from Fat 321 44%
Total Fat 36.47g 46%
Saturated Fat 22.38g 90%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 107mg 3%
Total Carbs 91.64g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Sugars 37.97g 25%
Protein 9.2g 15%
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  • Ambreen
    November 2, 2010
    These cookies look delicious.Thanks for sharing.

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