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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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How would you rate this recipe?
  • 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!
  • 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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