Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies

December 13, 2008 – 4:11 pm

This is a recipe from The Joy of Cooking with minor modifications. It’s a classic sugar cookie recipe. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without a batch of these. They keep their shape quite well and are very tender and tasty. As with any rolled cookie, the key is keeping the dough well chilled. I got 56 cookies out of the batch this time as I was using smaller cookie cutters. I’ll be taking them into work for our holiday lunch on Tuesday. They’re unfrosted for now as we’ll be setting up a “decorate your own cookie” table. Don’t mind the one broken off stocking toe. 😛

Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies
Makes 3½ to 4½ dozen 2½ to 3½ inch cookies

½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened.
⅔ cup sugar
1 large egg
¼ tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt
1½ tsp vanilla extract (I used 2 tsp)
2⅓ cups all-purpose flour

Cream the butter and sugar together until very light and fluffy. Add the egg, baking powder, salt, and vanilla, and beat until completely combined. Slowly add the flour and stir until smooth. Divide the dough in half and place each half between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll to about ¼ inch thick and place each disk in the fridge to chill for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pull one disk of dough out, roll to about ⅛ inch thick, and cut out desired shapes. Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Save scraps to re-roll. When the dough is getting hard to handle, place it back in the fridge and pull out the other disk. Alternate with the dough until it has all been used. When you have a full cookie sheet, sprinkle with decorating sugar if desired, then place the sheet in the middle of the oven and bake until the edges are just turning golden brown. Joy of Cooking says 6-9 minutes; mine took closer to 12 minutes. Remove cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.


Nutritional Information Per 1 cookie (56 cookies in a batch)

Calories 63
Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Carbohydrates 7 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 1%


Nutritional Information Per 1 cookie (36 cookies in a batch)

Calories 95
Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 14 mg
Carbohydrates 10 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%

  1. One Response to “Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies”

  2. I’m always looking for sugar cookie recipes – thank you for sharing this. It looks great!

    By Joelen on Dec 15, 2008

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