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Sugar Cookies



  • 225g butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 190˚C.
  2. Beat butter and sugars together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in a small bowl. Gradually blend flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, or between two sheets of baking paper, roll the dough to 4mm thickness. Cut out using cookie cutters and place roughly 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
    Top tip: if your mixture is slightly too thin, squeeze the dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for half an hour before you roll it out.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, around 8 minutes.
  6. Cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Top with icing and serve!


  • Add ½ teaspoon almond extract and/or the zest of 1 orange for a richer flavour profile
  • If you’re not using cookie cutters, roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart to bake

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