Best Sugar Cookie Base

Use this base to make 4 different kinds of cookies.

Servings
5-10 Dozen
Prep Time
30 Min
plus chilling
Cook Time
12 Min
Recipe by
Plugrá® Kitchens
Ingredients

14 oz. (400g) Plugrá® Premium Butter, unsalted, softened
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
2 lg. (34g) egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3½ cups (455g) all-purpose flour
½ tsp. (3g) sea salt
Steps
1
Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Scrape down bowl and add egg yolks and vanilla. Continue beating on medium speed until thoroughly mixed.
2
Add half of the flour and all of the salt into the butter mixture, mixing on low speed until almost completely incorporated then add remaining flour and mix for 1 more minute.
3
Remove the dough from the electric mixer, knead for a few turns. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour if it is too soft to roll.
4
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
5
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and work with one at a time, keeping the others wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated.
6
Lightly dust a work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll the dough to about 3/8" thick and cut as desired following the instructions listed below.
7
Bake the cookies until they are firm to the touch and lightly golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Rolled Sugar Cookies
Roll dough to 3/8” thick, cut into circles using a 2-inch fluted biscuit or cookie cutter. Sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon sugar before baking. Makes 10 dozen cookies.
Filled Sugar Cookies
Roll as for Rolled Sugar Cookies. After baking and fully cooling, top the bottom of ½ of the cookies with the jam of your choice (about 7 ounces per batch). Place another cookie on top of the jam, baked side down to form a sandwich. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
Rosemary Shortbread
Add 1 tbsp. dried rosemary to the flour before mixing with the butter mixture. Divide the dough into 9 pieces. Press or roll into 6-inch rounds and cut each round into 8 wedges. Makes 6 dozen cookies.
Pecan Shortbread
Roll the dough to 3/8” thick, cut into 1½ by 2-inch rectangles. Gently press a pecan half into the center of each cookie. Let cool completely after baking and drizzle with melted chocolate (about 6 ounces per batch). Makes 7 dozen cookies.