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Essential Recipe No. 2: Sugar Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of Kate Sears

This delicious, easy-bake dough is just the beginning. With a few fresh decorating tricks, you can make treats to suit any occasion.

Source: Blueprint, November/December 2007
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  • Kzazzles
    10 DEC, 2013
    Pretty decent. I tried both this and the Basic Sugar Cookies Recipe (http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies?czone=food%2Fholiday-cookies-center%2Fholiday-cookies-recipes&gallery=275340&slide=338471&center=276951). This has a fluffier texture but is more difficult to work with - requires a decent about of flour while Rolling out. I did use 2 eggs based on suggestions in other reviews.
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  • StephanieCardoza
    13 NOV, 2013
    Do I need to refrigerate the dough before baking?
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  • challie118
    25 JUN, 2008
    I have used this recipe several times for cut out cookies and spritz to rave reviews... the only change I make is adding 1/2 tsp of almond extract to the mix!
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  • eskdo23
    2 JUN, 2008
    I like to use 2 eggs and 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract.
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  • audravanvliet
    8 FEB, 2008
    I have an old recipe like this that is by far the best sugar cookie I have ever had; my family and friends agree. Basically the same as this one, except add another egg and four tablespoons of milk. I also added one tablespoon of light brown sugar to give it a nutty taste. Also, I freeze it for at least an hour and up to two weeks before I work with it and make shapes. Keep your rolling surface floured. Enjoy!
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  • mmcc
    28 DEC, 2007
    These lacked flavor but worked best as icebox cookies--slice and bake--but failed as spritz...it was too thick (even without the chilling) for the cookie gun. I used a different spritz recipe to test the theory, and sure enough--the other batter was just fine, perfect texture. I iced the sliced cookies, but they look much better than they taste--bland, and heavy (not flakey) in texture.
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  • phlorada
    15 DEC, 2007
    I used the recipe to make spritz cookies. The cookies (and dough) tasted very yummy! The dough, though, as a spritz cookie dough, proved somewhat unsuccessful. The first few batches were good but as the dough warmed (to the temperature of the kitchen) the dough oozed out of my cookie press continuously. I am going to try the Everyday Food recipe next !
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  • carrievision
    13 DEC, 2007
    These were very easy to make, relative to other sugar cut out cookies. The directions in the magazine say you can make these as slice and bake, spritz, or rolled cookies. I did the rolled cookies and found the dough fairly easy to work with. I did not chill the dough as long as the directions recommended - I did about 40 minutes when shaped in a disk, and 10 minutes once it was rolled out. It worked fine. The taste is very basic, buttery and sugary as you might expect.
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  • carrievision
    13 DEC, 2007
    These were very easy to make, relative to other sugar cut out cookies. The directions in the magazine say you can make these as slice and bake, spritz, or rolled cookies. I did the rolled cookies and found the dough fairly easy to work with. I did not chill the dough as long as the directions recommended - I did about 40 minutes when shaped in a disk, and 10 minutes once it was rolled out. It worked fine. The taste is very basic, buttery and sugary as you might expect.
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  • prencezz18
    21 NOV, 2007
    I tried this recipe and it was so easy. The cookies were better than store bought.
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