These simple drop style sugar cookies are rolled in sugar sprinkles before baking for a wonderful combination of a crunchy crystalized exterior with an ultra soft, cakey center. Extra vanilla makes these the perfect sugar cookie!
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Melt half of one stick of butter in the microwave or in a small pot on the stovetop and allow to cool for several minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cornstarch.
- In a separate bowl with a hand mixer or in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the remaining butter (1 1/2 sticks for standard recipe) and sugar for several minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Pour in the melted butter, vanilla, lemon juice and and mix until fully combined.
- Beat in the eggs on low speed one at a time until completely mixed in, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
- Slowly add in the flour a little at a time until completely incorporated. There is no need to continue mixing once the flour is fully combined.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and use a medium cookie scoop to create cookie dough balls.
- Fill small bowls with sugar sprinkles and roll each ball in the sprinkles to coat.
- Place the cookie dough balls on your baking sheets and flatten each cookie a bit by applying gentle pressure with your palm to the top of the dough.
- Transfer baking sheets to the refrigerator and chill your dough for at least one hour and up to 48 hours.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake one sheet at a time on the middle oven rack for about 13 minutes, remove from oven and transfer immediately to a wire cooling rack.
- Feel free to freeze this cookie dough for later use. I would recommend rolling them into balls first, then just adding some extra baking time!
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: sugar cookies, soft cookies