Holiday Sugar Cookies

Gail Welch


This is my go to cookie recipe. I remember making them for my son's 4th birthday and he is over 40 now. They are great for any occasion. Use any shape cookie cutter. Originally named Valentine Sugar Cookies.


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makes 3 dozen cookies
10 Min
10 Min


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3/4 c
1 c
2 large
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp


1/4 c
plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 box
powdered sugar
1/4 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract or 3/4 tsp almond extract
food coloring (optional)

How to Make Holiday Sugar Cookies


  • 1Cream shortening and sugar.
  • 2Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  • 3Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.
  • 4Divide dough in half. Shape into logs or 2 balls. Wrap in wax paper and chill at least 1 hour. Then remove from refrigerator and cut into about 3 pieces and stack each piece on top of the other and press together until it is pliable (knead it) and forms a ball. Do the same for the other half.
  • 5Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut with any shaped cookie cutter. Re-work leftover dough scraps, roll and cut out until all dough is used.
  • 6Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 7Frost with Decorator Frosting.
  • 8DECORATOR FROSTING: Cream butter and sugar, add milk and vanilla or almond extract. (I usually use almond) Stir in food coloring.
  • 9Spread on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired.

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About Holiday Sugar Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Heirloom

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