Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

If there鈥檚 one recipe you 100 percent need to crank out some seriously beautiful holiday treats, it鈥檚 the classic, basic sugar cookie. Some of the most intricately ordained, masterpiece cookies begin with a simple foundation. Let鈥檚 start with this recipe we love for a vanilla-bean-speckled version that鈥檚 sure to hold its own under all that icing.

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

(Makes approximately 40 small cookies)

Ingredients:

Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Instructions:

1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add vanilla bean and egg. Mix until just incorporated.

2. Gradually add flour (you may not need the full three cups), and mix until dough forms and pulls away from the bowl. Divide dough into two even discs and wrap in cling wrap, then refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

3. When ready to roll dough, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line baking trays with baking paper or silicone baking mats.

4. Roll cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-inch in thickness, and use cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes.

5. Transfer cookies to a baking tray using a lightly floured spatula. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes before baking.

6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or when edges begin to brown. The time will be dependent on size and thickness of cookies.

7. Allow to cool on tray until warm to touch, then transfer onto a wire cooling rack.

For Millennial Pink Ornament Sugar Cookies

Millennial Pink Ornament Sugar Cookie Recipe

Additional Ingredients and Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut聽using ornament cutters.聽Cut a hole in the top of the ornament聽with a straw before baking to put the ribbon through. Chill then bake according to instructions.聽Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

2.聽Melt chocolate according to package directions. Divide into three bowls. Set aside one bowl. In a second bowl, add 1-2 drops of pink dye and stir to form a light shade of pink. In聽another bowl, add 3-5 drops of dye and stir for a darker shade of pink.

3.聽Dip cookies into various shades of melted chocolate. You can dip multiple layers to create an ombre effect. Sprinkle with crushed candy.聽Leave to dry completely.

4. Attach ribbons/string to cookies.

For Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookies

Red-Nosed Reindeer Sugar Cookie Recipe

Additional Ingredients and Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut using gingerbread-man cutter. Cut round hole in head of the cut-out men to make space for the red nose. Transfer to baking sheets, and chill in freezer for 15 minutes. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and fill nose holes with crushed hard candy.聽Bake for an extra few minutes (until candy has melted).聽Cool cookies for 30 minutes minimum.

3.聽Pipe on details with royal frosting. Outline the reindeer鈥檚 face with light brown royal icing. Fill in, then use a toothpick to swirl the icing to fill in any gaps. This also helps it聽dry in an even layer.聽Allow to dry completely. Use dark brown to pipe on the antlers and ear detailing and black to dot on the eyes.聽Leave to dry completely.

For Christmas Llama Sugar Cookies

Llama Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Additional Ingredients and Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Make cookie dough, roll out, and cut using llama cutter. For some of the cookies, cut out hats with a small triangle cookie cutter to give your llamas a tiny holiday hat. Chill and bake according to instructions. Cool for 30 minutes minimum.

2. Outline the聽llama鈥檚 body聽with light pink royal icing. Fill in, then use a toothpick to swirl the icing to fill in any gaps. This also helps it聽dry on聽in an even layer. Dry for 30 minutes.

3.聽With the same technique, use the white icing to ice on the second layer (the face and feet of the lllama).聽Dry for 30 minutes.

4.聽Ice the third layers (green scarf, red Santa鈥檚 hat, black strings of the lights).聽Dry for 30 minutes.

5.聽Ice on final details (face with black icing, lights with different colors, white fluff of Santa鈥檚 hat, etc.). Add any candies.

6. Leave to dry completely.

Llama Sugar Cookie Recipe

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