This is a recipe given to me by my Wilton class teacher Carol. I have tried many recipes for sugar cookies and always come back to this one. It works well for me.
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened. Use butter not margarine
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons flavor (vanilla, almond, butter, lemon, you can mix and match any flavors)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.. Cream butter and sugar 2 minutes..
Add egg and flavoring. Mix.
Add baking powder and flour. I don’t sift or mix together first, just add baking powder and 1 cup of flour, combine, add rest of flour 1 cup at a time is easier to mix up. I have a stand mixer (Breville) but many hundreds of these cookies with a hand mixer too.
Work with your hands into a ball of dough… I divide it 1/2 and bag into gallon ziplocks and roll out 1/4 thick to use later , or roll out between parchment paper sheets 1/4 thick ,I I never use flour, parchment paper is a lifesaver… I chill the dough in the fridge about 30 minutes, or freeze about 15 minutes.. Its easier to cut out and handle and bake chilled dough.
Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes until lightly brown. Makes about 60 2inch cookies..