Best Ever Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups softened butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean opened and seeds scraped out
- 2 eggs + extra yolk
- 2 tsp Pumpkin spice OR 1 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp orange zest if using cardamom spice
Sift together flour, salt and pumpkin spice. (see notes for Cardamom orange flavour)
Using electric mixer beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 5 mins.
Add vanilla bean and mix well.
Add eggs and combine well.
Slowly add the flour mix a bit at a time.
Separate dough into 2 separate pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
On floured work surface roll disk out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut out with cookie cutter shape of your choice and transfer to baking sheet.
Place cookie sheet in freezer for about 5 minutes or refrigerator for 10 mins. (this helps cookies hold their shape and not spread out).
Bake 8-10 minutes (just until edges start to brown).
Cool completely and decorate with Royal Icing.
*For Cardamom Orange flavour add cardamom spice to flour mixture and orange zest after combining butter and sugar.
*you can substitute 1 tsp vanilla for vanilla bean