Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Put 1/4 cup of white or colored sugar* onto a small plate or in a small bowl and set aside.
*NOTE: Instead of using purchased colored sugar, a few drops of food coloring can be added to the sugar and mixed with a fork. While you're making the cookie dough, the sugar will dry out a bit. Just stir it with the fork and it should be ok for later use.