Sugar Cookies with a Fresh Twist

For some, it wouldn't be Christmas without this classic cookie. Here are 20 creative (and delicious) decorating ideas.


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The Best Sugar Cookies
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The Best Sugar Cookies

    Royal icing and mini candies decorate these delightful sugar cutouts.

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Browned Butter-Cardamom Sugar Cookies

    These cardamom spiced sugar cookies make a delightful Christmas gift. Give them in a tin tied with a pretty bow for a simple homemade treat.

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Pistachio-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

    Cream cheese adds moisture to these delightful sugar cookies; pistachio nuts add satisfying crunch.

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Spice Packages

    It's easy to tie the red bow on these cardamom-flavored presents. Store-bought frosting is all it takes.

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Raspberry Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

    These delightful jam-filled sandwich cookies are so pretty you'll be tempted to keep some for yourself.

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Mexican Sugar Cookies

    These cinnamon-spiked sugar cookies are decorated with yellow food coloring and coarse sugar.

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Traditional Sugar Cookies

    It's hard to resist this classic cookie. Here, we've dressed it up with green and pink coarse sugar.

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Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

    Maple icing tops these tender fall-flavor sugar cookies.

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Red Hot Sugar Cookies

    Cinnamon candies add pizzazz to this easy, 8-ingredient sugar cookie recipe.

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Painted Sour-Cream Sugar Cookies

    These festive cookies will impress your party crowd. Add a bit of sparkle with edible glitter.

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Chocolate-Almond Sugar Cookies

    These rich cocoa-chocolate chip cookies are laced with your choice of amaretto, coffee liqueur, or créme de cacao.

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Sugar Cookie Mittens

    These festive, cut out treats are fun and easy to make. Just dip your cookie cutter in flour between each pressing so the dough cuts with smooth edges.

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

    Let your artistic side shine with cookies featuring delicate royal icing decorations. Package single cookies in CD envelopes and affix gift tags for an easy, inexpensive wrapping.

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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

    Festive and pretty, these buttery Christmas cookies make perfect treats.

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Canvas Cookies

    Edible paint, along with red and green food coloring, makes decorating these holiday cookies a snap.

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

    Pink coarse sugar puts a pretty spin on these tender cookies. Vary the cookie flavor by swapping out brown sugar for maple sugar in the recipe.

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Favorite Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

    Simple sliced cookies are brightened up with coarse red and green sugar.

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Eggnog-Frosted Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

    Coarse sugar gives these lightly spiced cookies a touch of holiday sparkle.

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Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

    Chopped nuts and melted chocolate add spark to these simple sugar cookies.

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Brown Sugar Spritz Cookies

    Brown sugar gives these tender spritz cookies a delicious praline flavor.

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Cinnamon Wreaths

    Jazz up simple wreath cookies with creamy white chocolate frosting tinted green and red and green chocolate pieces.

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