Sweet & Simple Sugar Cookies

READY IN: 42mins
YIELD: 40 cookies




  • Position a rack in the middle of oven; preheat to 350°.
  • Grease several large baking sheets or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, vigorously beat together the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended and smooth.
  • Add the egg, vanilla, and salt to the bowl; beat for 2 minutes or until the mixture is lightened in color and texture.
  • Scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Beat or stir in the flour just until evenly incorporated.
  • Let stand to firm up for 5 minutes; if too soft to shape.
  • If the dough is still too soft, work in up to 1 1/2 tablespoons more flour.
  • With well greased hands, pull off dough portions and shape into scant 1-inch balls (alternately, scoop up balls of dough using a 1 1/4-inch diameter spring-loaded scoop).
  • Space them about 2 1/2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  • Grease the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass and dip it into the 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Press down on a ball to flatten it into a scant 2 1/4-2 1/2 inch, evenly thick round.
  • Repeat, dipping the glass in the sugar, then flattening the balls.
  • As needed, wipe excess sugar from the glass and re-grease the surface.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for 8-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly tinged at the edges.
  • Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks; let stand until the cookies firm up slightly, about 4 minutes.
  • Using a wide spatula, transfer the cookies to the wire racks; let cool.