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Basic Sugar-Cookie Dough

Recipe photo courtesy of Antonis Achilleos

Here's one of the best-kept secrets of professional bakers: It takes only one cookie dough to produce a beautiful assortment of holiday cookies. Use this dough to make Santa's Snowflakes, Orange Spritz, Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprints, and Hawaiian Snowballs.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003



Cook's Notes

Use a kitchen scale to quarter the dough precisely, as called for in these recipes. Each piece should weigh just under 1 pound.

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  • matthewleedunn
    4 JUL, 2018
    Horrible! Not sure if the proportions are incorrect or if something is just missing. Had to throw it away they smelled and tasted horrible! Followed the recipe exactly. I found this recipe using Microsoft Cortana... maybe a bad call? Use google! I'm sure the search results will be based on frequency of use or something other than matching the key words "sugar cookie". Do. Not. Waste. Your. Flour.
  • wefflebean
    1 DEC, 2014
    Too crumbly, I couldn't use it at all. I'm not sure what happened I followed the directions exactly..
  • Ellen C
    12 JAN, 2014
    Results are flavorful, rich and buttery. Good recipe and consistent results. I used the dough for standard holiday cookies and for jelly thumb prints. I baked both at 375. The rolled sugar cookies took less time overall to bake because they were thinner.
  • anickh
    1 AUG, 2012
    this makes awesome sugar cookies. i use this recipe A LOT, so trust me Everyone, you'll love it!!!after the dough has been refrigerated for at least an hour, the dough needs about an extra 1 cup flour for rolling out and cutting out into shapes. roll out about 1/2" thick (on your floured surface) and cut dough into shapes using cookie cutters. Bake cookies for apx 8 min at 350. remove cookies from cookie sheets immediately after cookies come out of the oven so that the bottoms don't brown.
  • Sudeak Brown
    21 JUN, 2012
    Made them for my two best kids in the whole wide world brook,and stinker man
  • MissFurniture
    10 FEB, 2009
    Why is the dough crumbly?
  • meadow1ark
    22 DEC, 2008
    The recipe calls for 2 TABLEspoons of vanilla. Usually a cookie dough has 1 to 2 TEAspoons. I've made the recipe with 1 TABLEspoon and it seems to be a little too strong. I haven't baked it yet. Any comments on this?
  • glmom
    22 DEC, 2008
    Here is a fantastic conversion site 113.4g=1 stick
  • chicagomama
    17 DEC, 2008
    one stick = 1/4 pound or 8 tablespoons. not sure what that would be in grams, but I am sure there is an online conversion tool somewhere.
  • Fchc
    17 DEC, 2008
    Can someone please let me know how much a 'stick' of butter weighs! I have some cup measures but in Uk we buy butter in 250g packs. Thanks!

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