1 Mix the butter with sugar: In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, place the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon zest, baking powder, and kosher salt in the bowl. Cream at low speed until the butter starts to become pliable, then increase speed to medium. Mix until a paste forms that sticks to the side of the bowl, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the cream cheese and beat until incorporated. Repeat with the egg, scraping down the bowl between additions. Don’t worry if the batter looks broken or “curdled” after adding the egg. It will come together with the flour.

Zest added to mixer bowl to show how to make Sugar Cookies. Egg added to Easy Sugar Cookie batter. Best Sugar Cookie dough mixed in the bowl of a stand mixer.

2 Add the flour: Add 1 cup of the flour and mix on low speed until absorbed. Repeat two more times, adding 1 cup of flour each time.

Flour added to mixer bowl for Homemade Sugar Cookies. Cookie dough mixed in the bowl of a stand mixer to show how to make Sugar Cookies.

3 Roll the dough out: Divide the dough in half. Place half the dough on a large piece of parchment paper (do not…

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