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"The Best" Sugar Cookies

Leave it to these classic sugar cookies to make your holiday season special. Not only are they quick and easy, but they're perfect for decorating to match any event.

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  • Makes: about 36 cookies
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Chill: 30 mins
  • Bake: 7 mins 375°F per batch

"The Best" Sugar Cookies

Directions

  1. In a large bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool. If desired, frost with Royal icing and/or decorate with decorative candies.

From the Test Kitchen

Tip:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

To Store:

Layer uniced cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. If desired, ice and decorate before serving.

Royal Icing

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the 1/2 cup water and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add the 2 to 4 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make an icing of spreading consistency. If desired, divide icing into individual bowls and tint with paste food coloring.
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Nutrition Facts ("The Best" Sugar Cookies)

  • Per serving:
  • 74 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 14 mg chol.,
  • 55 mg sodium,
  • 10 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 4 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Reviews (3)

159 Ratings
232 Days Ago
These cookies really are the best. Every year I intend to make thick ones, but I always roll the dough too thin so I can cut more cookies. So I've started doubling the batch from the start since I usually have to make two anyway.
502 Days Ago
This sugar cookie is perfect for decorating; it holds it's shape in the oven and is a firm canvas for all kinds of embellishments. The baked cookies have a subtle flavor that does not compete with frosting/icing or can be easily changed with extracts. They have a nice crunch that gives way to a tender center. I'm glad to add this to my cookie arsenal.
1168 Days Ago
Recipe is absolutely delicious. I used it for Valentines day and shaped them into hearts. Family and friends loved it!

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