These sugar cookies have excellent texture and flavor, and they are perfect for special occasions. Ice the cookies and sprinkle with decorating sugars or make fancy filled sandwich cookies.
I filled the cookies with thick dulce de leche, but jam, icing, or ganache would be wonderful as well. See the tips and variations for an easy cookie icing and more.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11 1/2 ounces)
- 3/4 cup sugar (granulated)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter (unsalted, chilled)
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until blended.
Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the mixer a little at a time. Increase the speed to medium and continue beating until the mixture clumps.
Add the egg yolks and vanilla and continue beating on medium-low speed, or until the mixture forms a soft dough.
Turn the cookie dough out onto a lightly floured surface and separate into two portions.
Shape into balls and flatten to make two disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Take a disk out of the refrigerator and place it between two sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper. Roll out to about 1/8-inch thickness. If the dough is still too cold and cracks when rolled, let it stand at room temperature for a few extra minutes.
Cut the dough out into rounds, squares, or shapes, and arrange on the prepared baking sheets.
Repeat with the remaining dough disk. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill.
Heat the oven to 375 F.
Place the pan of chilled cookies in the oven and bake for about 9 to 12 minutes, or just until the edges are light brown.
Cool the cookies on a rack and decorate or fill as desired.
Makes about 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending on the size.
Tips and Variations
- Filled Cookies - Cut half of the dough into rounds. Cut the remaining dough into rounds and cut a small shape in the center with a miniature cookie cutter. Bake as directed. Fill the cookies with thick jam, icing, or dulce de leche. Dust with sifted powdered sugar, if desired.
- Easy Cookie Icing - Combine 1 cup of confectioners' sugar with 2 teaspoons of milk, 2 teaspoons of light corn syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix and add a bit more corn syrup if the icing is too thick. Divide into a few small bowls and add food coloring, if desired. Spread the icing on cooled cookies or dip them into the icing, depending on the thickness.
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