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Sugar Cookies

A reliable sugar cookie recipe is a must in this season of baking! This recipe produces a dough that is easy to roll out and cookies that don’t spread while baking.

sugar cookies with sparking sugar on a cooling rack on a baking sheet

sugar cookie dough with star cut outs

These cut out cookies are made with a Whole Foods recipe provided by Chef Elyse at the newly opened Bradburn Whole Foods. She gave a wonderful demonstration on cookie decorating and I can’t wait to share more of her tips here.

The first bit of her cookie-decorating wisdom I put into action in my own kitchen was her suggestion of icing cookies with royal icing then dipping them into sparkling sugar (or sprinkles if you can’t find sparkling sugar).

This is a quick way to dress up cookies without worrying about a pastry bag. Fast, easy and pretty– perfect! I used her technique to make these cut out cookies in three shapes– snowflakes, circles and stars. I really enjoy making decorated sugar cookies. Check out these New Year’s Eve Cookies , baseball cookies, and these painted flower cookies.

Yield: 3 dozen

Classic Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies with sprinkles on a wire cooling rack

Icing cookies with royal icing then dipping them into sparkling sugar (or sprinkles if you can't find sparkling sugar) is a quick way to have festive cookies!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • flour, for rolling out the dough


  1. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk gently. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and milk, continue to beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. On low speed add the flour and mix until just barely incorporated.
  4. Divide the dough into two flatted circles; place in a zip loc bag and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Lightly flour your surface before rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Re-roll dough as needed.
  8. Bake on parchment lined sheets for 9-10 minutes or until edges barely brown.
  9. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Friday 9th of January 2015

I have been down with flu, so haven't been able to keep with my favorite blogs. Love these cookies. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Great beginning to New Year.

Sharyl Wolter

Friday 2nd of January 2015

Thank you! I will be checking the mail for the gift card.

Holly F

Friday 2nd of January 2015

You're welcome! The gift card was mailed today. Please let me know if you don't receive it next week.

Barbara | Creative Culinary

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

This post was prophetic Holly; ;I just got a call from someone looking for a cutout sugar cookie recipe that would work at altitude. I don't have one on my blog but I had seen this this perfect! I must have 50 forms...I should do these too!

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