Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
- 226 grams unsalted butter cool, not room temperature
- 189 grams golden brown sugar packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg cold
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (the actual spice NOT the extract)
- 416 grams all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. I always use an oven thermometer. Ovens can, and usually do, heat at a different temperature than what shows on your oven screen. For the best results in any of your baking, I highly recommend using an oven thermometer. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. *Update* I've started using my profiterole baking mats to bake my sugar cookies on and they are nothing short of amazing! I recommended trying them as you will NOT be disappointed. (Link below the recipe to the ones I have)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add your cool unsalted butter, brown sugar, and salt. The temperature of the butter and the fact that you use unsalted butter matter here.
- Turn your mixer on the lowest speed available. We don't want to incorporate any air into the dough. Air will cause spreading! We only want to mix this until it starts to incorporate.
- Add the egg and your pumpkin pie spice. Again, the temperature of the egg matters. You want to use it cold.
- Again, turn your mixer on to the lowest speed and mix just until the wet ingredients have incorporated together. There may be some small pieces of butter and that's ok. You just don't want any big chunks of butter. Scrape down the bottom and sides of your bowl. If you need to, mix for a few more seconds.
- Add the flour to your wet ingredients and mix on low until the dough forms, comes together and starts to clean the sides of the bowl.
- The dough may seem like it's not going to come together. Let it mix, and I promise it will. This is when I get the comments "it's super crumbly should I hand knead it?". No, it's not done mixing, let it finish and it will come together.
- Turn the mixer off and touch the dough. If you can leave an imprint with your finger without the dough sticking to it, its ready. I live in a humid area, but the amount of flour in the recipe is perfect 9 1/2 times out of 10.
- I use a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat very lightly sprinkled with flour to roll my dough. I also use two pieces of 3/8 inch thick wood as my guide to roll my dough between. This will give you perfectly even cookies every time!
- Take your dough, place it onto your parchment paper. I didn't end up needing to add any extra four to this dough. Roll and cut your dough.
- Place your cut dough onto your parchment paper OR your profiterole baking sheet covered pans and bake in your preheated oven for 10-14 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. I never have to bake over 14 minutes, even for my largest cutter (5 1/2 inches). They should no longer appear wet in the middle.
- After removing from the oven, let the cookies set on the cookie sheet for 2-4 minutes
- Move them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- I usually let my cookies sit in a tupperware container on a paper towel overnight before decorating. This will help grab any extra butter so you don't get that dreaded "butter bleed" after you've spent 2 days decorating them!
- Enjoy your delicious, thick, soft (but sturdy), sugar cookies! These taste amazing with my Cream Cheese Buttercream!
- Want to make your own pumpkin pie spice? Here's how I make mine!