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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Turn out dough, and divide in half. Flatten each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to just under 1/4-inch thick, adding more flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut out cookies using desired cutters or templates. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets as you work. Roll out scraps, and repeat once. Repeat with remaining disk of dough. Chill cookies in freezer until very firm, about 15 minutes.

  • Bake cookies, switching positions of sheets and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Decorate with Royal Icing.

Reviews (19)

250 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 75
  • 3 star values: 67
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 16
Rating: 5.0 stars
05/31/2020
They turned out great the shapes where good and the taste was wonderful keeping them in the freezer fifteen minutes before baking makes them turn out really good
Rating: 5.0 stars
05/31/2020
They turned out great the shapes where good and the taste was wonderful keeping them in the freezer fifteen minutes before baking makes them turn out really good
Rating: 3.0 stars
01/06/2020
Very disappointed in the "new" Martha site. The cookie recipe is fine. Very good actually. But there used to be detailed decorating instructions along with this recipe for specific cookie decoration, ie. partride in a pear tree, reindeer, etc. They are all now "Whoops" "Looks like this page needs clean up!" messages! I had a huge amount of recipes and crafts "Saved" in my Martha account and they are all gone now. Very disgusted with the last few year's changes. Original content should still be available.
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Rating: 5.0 stars
12/28/2019
The best sugar cookie I’ve made. Followed recipe exactly and they were perfect. Delicious flavor and great texture. I rolled them a bit thinner than 1/4” and got 34 cookies. I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day so I have an excuse to make them again
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2019
We use this recipe every year for holiday cookies and everyone loves them - no adjustments
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2019
This a typical, reliable and GREAT recipe from Martha! One review mentions the time? I found this recipe is super fast to mix up. The time is in the chilling and the rolling out, but that's so for any cut out/roll out cookie dough! This one is my tried and true sugar cookie roll out, just as perfect as Martha's gingerbread cookie! I've used both of these for years and years. Never fails!
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Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2015
This is the worst recipe!!! After ALL that work and effort, time and money the cookies spread and lost their shape in cooking!! I followed directions EXACTLY!! Horrible!!!!
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2012
Out of the zillions of sugar cookies out there, these taste the most "christmasy." I was using cutters with detailed edges so I made sure to chill the dough according to directions, but the cookies still spread out during baking. I blame my ancient oven for that. Be sure to roll out to 1/4" and bake for the minimum time or they'll turn out very crispy. Also, for the amount of ingredients called for, this recipe yields surprisingly few cookies. Consider doubling if baking as a gift.
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2012
Out of the zillions of sugar cookies out there, these taste the most "christmasy." I was using cutters with detailed edges so I made sure to chill the dough according to directions, but the cookies still spread out during baking. I blame my ancient oven for that. Be sure to roll out to 1/4" and bake for the minimum time or they'll turn out very crispy. Also, for the amount of ingredients called for, this recipe yields surprisingly few cookies. Consider doubling if baking as a gift.
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2011
be careful with organic "large" eggs. Even though they say large the first batch was crumbled and never came together, tried second batch w/ 3 eggs and worked great.
Rating: Unrated
12/23/2010
these were truly simple and tasted divine!
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2010
I really liked this recipe, the only difference between this and my mom;s old recipe was 1 egg. It turned out just like the Christmas Cookies I had as a child, the cookies I loved best were hard, as were these, very easy to make and roll out,
Rating: Unrated
12/06/2010
Wonderful! I usually DREAD making cut-out sugar cookies, but this dough was perfect. It wasn't even necessary to chill the dough before rolling it out. The very flavorful cookies came out crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. I work in a bakery and it took no time to cut out and bake almost 200 of these. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
12/06/2010
Wonderful! I usually DREAD making cut-out sugar cookies, but this dough was perfect. It wasn't even necessary to chill the dough before rolling it out. The very flavorful cookies came out crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. I work in a bakery and it took no time to cut out and bake almost 200 of these. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
12/06/2010
Wonderful! I usually DREAD making cut-out sugar cookies, but this dough was perfect. It wasn't even necessary to chill the dough before rolling it out. These very flavorful cookies came out crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. I work in a bakery and it took no time to cut out and bake almost 200 of these. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
12/06/2010
Wonderful! I usually DREAD making cut-out sugar cookies, but this dough was perfect. It wasn't even necessary to chill the dough before rolling it out. The very flavorful cookies came out crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. I work in a bakery and it took no time to cut out and bake almost 200 of these. Thank you Martha!
Rating: Unrated
10/26/2010
I skipped the extra chill after rolled out and the freezer chill after being laid on cookie sheets and they turned out GREAT. Totally unnecessary and weird things to suggest. I also made sure to roll out the dough thick--at LEAST 1/4" for softer cookies that stayed soft after icing in a tupperware bin. My adjustments made perfect and delicious cookies with less time and fuss.
Rating: Unrated
07/02/2010
These cookies were HARD AS A ROCK! Then you add the royal icing on top of that made them HARDER THAN A ROCK! THey turned out so cute and were great for looking at but OUCH! Pretty much impossible to eat without warming them first.
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2010
Best Sugar Cookie ever!!!
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2009
Good tasting but a little too sweet. I think the sugar amount could be reduced. The dough texture was awful to work with. It is one of the worse dough's I or my mother (who is a baker) has ever worked with. I would not make this recipe for sugar cookies again. Too much flour and not enough butter for the amount of flour called for. You may want to reassess this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
12/16/2009
what great cookies....it wouldn't be Christmas without out cut out cookies...thanks
Rating: Unrated
12/07/2009
Thank you!!!!
Rating: Unrated
12/04/2009
These cookies are ridiculously time consuming and labor intensive. I made them for school one night and they took FOREVER. The end result was good, but not worth all the time I put in. I didn't even finish making the batch, and it took AT LEAST 3 hours. It was absolutely preposterous how long it took to make simple sugar cookies. I would not advise making these on short notice, because they are not worth it and you will spend ALL of your time baking!