Dad Sugar Cookies

The sweetest way to give Dad some sugar this Father's Day: Bake him these poppy seed-speckled treats, personalized with our easy templates.

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  • Yield: Makes 7 sets of "DAD" cookies
Dad Sugar Cookies

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2012

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in seeds.

  2. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough 1 disk at a time to just under a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using templates, cut out letters with a paring knife. Reroll scraps; cut more letters (you'll need 14 D's and 7 A's, total). Freeze on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets until firm, 15 minutes.

  4. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets set on wire racks.

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