Sugar cookies recipe

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makes: 18
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 10 min
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  • These cookies are neither too sweet nor too crumbly, just perfect to serve with a cup of coffee. If liked, why not drizzle these cookies with melted chocolate too.


    • 350g plain flour
    • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2tsp baking powder
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 medium egg
    • 1tsp vanilla extract


    • Preheat the oven to 190°C/370°F/Gas Mark 5. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.

    • Place the butter and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until light and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder, to give a soft but not sticky dough.

    • Using damp hands, roll the dough into balls about the size of a whole walnut. Place on the baking trays leaving plenty of space between them to spread.

    • Bake for about 9-10 mins or until golden and lightly cracked. Leave to cool on the baking trays for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    • Dust with icing sugar before serving.

    Top tip for making Sugar cookies

    If liked, you can add grated orange or lemon zest to this dough. If the mixture is a little soft, chill it in the fridge first before rolling.

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