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12 Easy Sugar Cookie Recipes to Get You into the Holiday Spirit

If we had to sum up the holidays with a scent, it’d be the smell of flour, sugar, and vanilla extract coming straight out of the oven. Add in some almond extract or even lemon juice and you might have one of the best all-natural home scents ever on your hands. Not to mention a Christmas cookie recipe that's sure to wow your friends and family. To help you get into that holiday spirit, we've compiled 12 sugar cookie recipes that will sweeten your days all season long.

Vanilla and Almond Sugar Cookies: We’re dreaming of a white Christmas with every white (and blue) frosting-covered snowflake we eat. May your days be merry, bright, and incredibly sweet with these almond-flavored cookies. (via Love and Olive Oil)

Sweet and Easy Sugar Cookies: A flood of childhood memories just washed over us, because these red and blue frosted cookies remind us of the ones we used to help our mom trim the tree. These frosted orbs are super easy to make because you don't have to roll out the dough or cut out shapes. (via Happy Money Saver)

Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie: We cannot get over this delicious spin on a classic with chocolate sugar cookies. They're topped with white chocolate frosting and broken pieces of peppermint candy canes for extra festive flair. (via Add a Pinch)

Grain-Free Sugar Cookies: Blanched ground almond flour helps create these irresistible grain-free cookies that are going to please everyone's cookie craving. To add to the scrumptious-ness, refrigerated coconut milk is used for the icing. (via Power Hungry)

Salted Butterscotch Sugar Cookies: Nostalgia has never tasted so good with this butterscotch frosting that makes for a sweet bite, while the course salt adds a mini flavor explosion in your mouth. Pro tip: For super smooth frosting, add Crisco to the melted butterscotch chips and white chocolate wafers. (via Brandi Milloy)

Perfect Frosted Sugar Cookies : Just look at that tiny Christmas tree bliss. For a change of pace, these cutouts are made with almond extract that is going to make your tastebuds incredibly happy. (via Wholefully)

Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookies: Eggnog’s not just for drinking, and this soft cookie recipe proves that. Light and fluffy are the best ways to describe these cookies topped with a thick layer of frosting that has a distinct flavor from the rum extract. (via Your Cup of Cake )

Easy Reindeer Sugar Cookies: Simplicity wins with these red-nosed sugar cookies made with red and brown chocolate candies. To make Rudolph's and the other reindeer's faces, use black and white gel icing. (via One Little Project)

Candy Sugar Cookies: How cute are these candy-shaped cookies? They're baked to that same soft-centered, crisp-edged perfection that you remember from those Easy-Bake Oven days. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Spelt Sugar Cookies: Spelt might be a healthy grain but don't let that fool you, because it sure does make for some delicious cookies. The festive sprinkles and vanilla frosting make eating healthy-ish a whole lot sweeter. (via Exploring Healthy Foods)

Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies: Lemon lovers, rejoice! To add more character to this already unique and tangy cookie, whip together some water and confectioners' sugar and you’ll have one dreamy drizzle. We also recommend a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, because why not? (via Swanky Recipes)

Sugar Cookie Pancakes : When you want dessert but need to eat breakfast, make these super decadent and delicious cookie pancakes for the best of both worlds. Your inner child is going to love every star-studded and sprinkle-adorned bite. (via Sugar and Soul Co )


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Yasmein James
Yasmein James is a food writer living in New Jersey, but her heart’s on the other end of The Lincoln Tunnel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating her way to the most authentic ethnic restaurants in her travels. And writing all about it on her lifestyle blog, She’s Facing Freedom.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*