An Easy Holiday Cookie Recipe

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You won't want to miss out on this easy holiday cookie recipe! Drop it, mold it, shape it...the sky's the limit. This sugar cookie recipe is so versatile that you'll be tweaking and perfecting it for years to come. So dust off your seasonal cookie cutters, break out the mixing bowls and get ready to whip up a batch...or two...or three.

Happy baking and Happy Holidays!

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 2/3 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour


Beat butter until softened. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Add the flour.

Divide the dough in half. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours in the fridge.

When the dough is chilled and easy to handle, roll one half of the dough out to a 1/8 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to form the shapes that you want. Sprinkle with colored sugars, edible glitter or other decorations.

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7-8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

HINT: Want to make these cookies even more festive? Frost with some powdered sugar icing. Stir together 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 4 teapoons milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Makes 1/2 cup.

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