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Sugar Cookies

This is a basic sugar cookies recipe and it can be altered to your taste. It includes a very basic and simple icing to decorate, so you don’t have to go out and buy expensive store-bought icing.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time53 mins
Course: Dessert, Festival Recipes, sweets
Cuisine: German
Diet: Low Fat
Servings: 36
Calories: 72kcal


  • 2 cups All-Purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter 1 stick at room temperature
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • for decorating Assorted sprinkles or colored sugars Optional


  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Keep aside.
  • In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. (About 8 mins). To this add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
  • Gradually add the flour to the mixer and beat well until combined.
  • Remove the dough on the counter and bring it together to form a smooth dough. Divide the dough into 2 and wrap in plastic and freeze until firm. (about 20 mins). At this stage, the dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Remove one disk at a time and let it stand out for 5 mins. Sprinkle some flour on the counter and roll the dough to about ⅛th inch thick. I used the plastic wrap on top of the dough when rolling to prevent the dough from sticking on the roller and also to ensure smooth top cookies.
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and using a spatula carefully remove it and transfer it to the baking sheets. Reroll the remaining dough and make more cookies. If the dough gets too soft, chill in the refrigerator for about 10 mins and roll again.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10 -18 mins, rotating halfway through. Keep an eye on the cookies for about 10 mins, because they can burn easily. Once the edges start becoming brown, remove it.
  • Cool it completely on wire racks.
  • Once the cookies are cooled completely, use icing to decorate as you wish. Let the icing dry for about 4 hrs before stacking the cookies into an airtight container.
  • Sift 1 ½ cups of icing sugar in a bowl.
  • Slowly add about 3 or 4 tbsps of water and mix well until smooth. Use the desired color and mix it well.
  • Use the back of a spoon to spread the icing on the cookies.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg