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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. With mixer running, slowly sprinkle in sugar and salt; continue beating until fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour in two additions, beating just until incorporated. Finish mixing with a rubber spatula to avoid overworking dough. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a 5-inch square, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm but still pliable, at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place dough between two sheets of lightly floured parchment and roll out 1/4 inch thick. Freeze 15 minutes. Using star cookie cutters (anywhere from 1- to 4-inch), cut out stars. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spaced 1 inch apart. Freeze 30 minutes. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until pale golden brown around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks and let cool completely.

  • Transfer royal icing to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and a very narrow tip. Pipe icing onto cookies, either outlining or filling in with icing using a toothpick or small food-safe paintbrush. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until icing sets, at least 1 hour.

Cook's Notes

You can use any gluten-free flour for this recipe. Our test kitchen's picks: Cup4Cup or Bob's Red Mill.

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