I have tried ALOT of recipes, and I just found this one. It is the best, by far. It does not spread much, so its great for shaped cookies. I got this recipe from Susan Carberry at The Cake Cottage in Murrieta.... my "home away from home!"
SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE
MAKES APPROX. 3 DOZEN 5" COOKIES
2 CUPS UNSALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED
2 CUPS GRANULATED SUGAR, I LIKE BAKERS SUGAR
1 TSP VANILLA EXTRACT
2 TSP LEMON EXTRACT ( OR FLAVOR OF CHOICE)
6 CUPS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
3 TSP BAKING POWDER
1 TSP SALT
Directions: In at least a 5 qt. mixer or a large bowl, cream the butter & the sugar until fluffy. Then add the eggs, mix. Add vanilla and lemon extract, mix.
In a seperate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Gradually add to the butter mixture until incorporated. Scrape bowl and mix until dough comes together.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate atleast 1 hour.
** Great TIP** Roll out cookies on parchment paper, cut shapes leaving space between the cookies, remove the excess dough from in between the shapes, leaving the cut shapes on the paper. Then, simply move the parchment with the cookies onto a cookie sheet.
Bake cookies at 350 degrees in a regular oven or 300-325 degrees in a convection oven until golden brown. I find it usually takes approx. 8 minutes!