Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Cookies Sugar Cookies Sugar Cookie Wreaths 2.3 (3) 3 Reviews This classic BHG cookie recipe with a festive designed first appeared in 1925. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on January 3, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Servings: 50 Yield: 50 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Jump to recipe Since the earliest issues of Better Homes & Gardens, readers counted on us for the best sugar cookie recipe. And every year our Test Kitchen tries new formulas to ensure we don’t disappoint. This classic sugar cookie recipe features a festive wreath decoration that has been an evergreen favorite, making appearances in both our 1949 and ’59 holiday cookie stories and in our iconic Red Plaid cookbook. We used a two-step process to make the wreath design. First dip the cookies in Powdered Sugar Icing and allow them to dry completely. Then decorate with Buttercream Frosting in a piping bag fitted with a leaf tip. Garnish with cinnamon candies. Ingredients Sugar Cookies 1 cup butter 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 3 cups all purpose flour 2 to 3 oz. cinnamon candy Powdered Sugar Icing 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tbsp milk 1/4 tsp clear vanilla Buttercream Frosting 1/2 cup softened butter 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 tbsp heavy cream 1/2 tsp clear vanilla Directions Sugar Cookies In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and ½ tsp. salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill until dough is easy to handle, 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375ºF. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to ⅛ to ¼ inch thick. Using 2½-inch round or desired-shape cookie cutters, cut out dough. (If necessary, dip cutters in flour to prevent sticking.) Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Reroll scraps as needed Bake until edges are firm and bottoms are very light brown, 7 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Decorate as desired with Powdered Sugar Icing, Buttercream Frosting, and/ or cinnamon candies. Powdered Sugar Icing In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, milk, and clear vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 tsp. at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency. Buttercream Frosting In a large bowl beat softened butter with a mixer on medium 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in ½ cup powdered sugar. Add heavy cream and clear vanilla; beat on low until combined. Gradually beat in 1½ cups additional powdered sugar just until combined. Beat on medium 5 minutes or until fluffy, scraping bowl as needed. Add 2 tsp. additional cream; beat on high 1 minute more. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 123 Calories 6g Fat 17g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 50 Calories 123.4 % Daily Value * Total Fat 5.9g 8% Saturated Fat 3.6g 18% Cholesterol 22.4mg 7% Sodium 62.4mg 3% Total Carbohydrate 16.8g 6% Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1% Total Sugars 10.4g Protein 1.1g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Vitamin C 0mg 0% Calcium 12.7mg 1% Iron 0.4mg 2% Potassium 13.6mg 0% Fatty acids, total trans 0.2g Vitamin D 2IU Alanine 0g Arginine 0.1g Ash 0.3g Aspartic acid 0.1g Caffeine 0mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 8mg Copper, Cu 0mg Cystine 0g Energy 516.2kJ Fluoride, F 0.2mcg Folate, total 14.9mcg Glutamic acid 0.3g Glycine 0g Histidine 0g Isoleucine 0g Leucine 0.1g Lysine 0g Methionine 0g Magnesium, Mg 2.2mg Manganese, Mn 0.1mg Niacin 0.4mg Phosphorus, P 17.2mg Pantothenic acid 0.1mg Phenylalanine 0.1g Proline 0.1g Retinol 50.3mcg Selenium, Se 3.3mcg Serine 0.1g Starch 0g Theobromine 0mg Threonine 0g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.2mg Tryptophan 0g Tyrosine 0g Valine 0.1g Vitamin A, IU 186IU Vitamin A, RAE 51.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.5mcg Water 4.1g Zinc, Zn 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.