Sugar Cookie Recipes

Sugar cookies can be rolled, cut into shapes, and decorated to fit any occasion. Decorate your cookies with sprinkles, colored fine sugar, or royal icing (we have the recipe for that too).

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Basic Sugar Cookies

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Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive. This recipe is a favorite of Martha's, who likes to add one tablespoon cognac alongside the egg and vanilla, after creaming together the butter and sugar.

Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

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If you're decorating cookies using our royal icing for sugar cookies and have a compromised immune system, we recommend instead using meringue powder, found in the baking aisle of most markets, instead of raw egg whites.

Sugar Cookies

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Feeling festive? Use this recipe, along with our Royal Icing, to make a variety of beautiful holiday cookies this season. 

Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies

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These large cookies have a classic lemony flavor, a chewy texture, and glistening, crackly tops created with a double sprinkling of sanding sugar.

Ideal Sugar Cookies

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Get out your cookie cutters! As its name suggests, this sugar cookie recipe is ideal for making cutout cookies for Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday or occasion that calls for shaped sweet treats.

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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Use this recipe for sugar cookie cutouts, adapted from "Martha Stewart's Cookies," to make adorable Santa Cookies (pictured) or charming One-Piece Cookies, a perfect treat for baby showers.


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Rendering your own lard is what really makes these anise-flavored Mexican sugar cookies stand out, but you can use vegetable shortening in a pinch. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 711.

Embellished Wreath Cookies

Buttery classic, sugar cookies make a delicious treat anytime. Here, Martha heightens them to special-occasion status with a simple glaze and a fanciful combination of candied flowers, crystallized ginger, and chopped pistachios.

Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies

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Filling the cutouts of these sugar cookies with crushed hard candy yields the most striking stained glass effect.

Giant Sugar Cookies

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Start filling up your cookie jar with those popular treats.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

You don't have to be gluten-free to enjoy these Christmas sugar cookies. We've transformed the easy dough into stars gilded with royal icing and sprinkles, but you can shape and decorate any way you like.

Cinnamon-Sugar Palmiers

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It takes just four ingredients to make these easy, crispy cookies.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes Will Help You Get in the Holiday Spirit
Bring holiday cheer into your home with these beautifully decorated sugar cookies. For more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips, download our complete guide here.

Dutch Sugar Cookies (Arnhemse Meisjes)

Named for the girls of Arnhem (a Dutch town located on the banks of the Rhine), these buttery, crisp cookies start with a yeast dough and are baked to caramelized perfection.