Use this classic sugar cookie dough to make four delicious variations.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 30 minutes



In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions. If necessary, knead to form smooth dough.

Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Let stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll out, about 15 minutes. 

Makes 1 batch dough.

Bake according to directions for the following recipes:
Lemon and White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Salted Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Snowy Christmas Tree Cookies
Gift Tag Cookies

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Basic Sugar Cookie Dough