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3 Christmas Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
Prep 20 m
Cook 8 m
Ready In 3 h


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

3-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
Total Time: 0:22
Prep: 0:07
Cook: 0:15


1 stick salted butter, plus 2 tbsp.
1/3 c. sugar
1 c. flour
Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Use an electric mixer to cream the sugar and butter, whipping the two until the butter is almost white and the mixture is light and fluffy, almost like a slightly gritty frosting.
  3. Stir in the flour.
  4. Form the cookies into 1-inch balls, placing them about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Flatten them into a disc shape if you’re topping with sprinkles before baking.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.

Basic Sugar Cookies
Total Time: 0:40
Prep: 0:25


2¾ c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 c. unsalted butter
¾ c. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1½ tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and then the vanilla.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Shape the dough into 4 disks and roll each between 2 sheets of wax paper to 1/8 inch thick. Chill until firm, 30 minutes in the refrigerator or 15 minutes in the freezer.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using floured cookie cutters, cut out cookies.
  5. Place on the prepared sheets. Reroll, chill, and cut the scraps.
  6. Bake, rotating the positions of the pans halfway through, until the cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


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