This recipe makes cookies perfect for decorating with Royal Icing or any simple glaze.



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  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

  • Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.

  • Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla or lemon juice and zest. Wrap dough in plastic; chill for about 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, and decorate with sanding sugar, if desired. Bake until edges just start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Reviews (10)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
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I browsed about a dozen recipes before deciding on this one. Thank you! I love it. I did make one adjustment though. First, it's only me here so I cut the recipe in half. Well I don't have vanilla extract so I mixed a half tablespoon of honey with a half tablespoon of heavy cream. A quick taste test said it was okay, so I added it in. Yummy!
Rating: 4 stars
If your batter is too dry, then try adding 2 tbsp of milk. I did this and the cookies out wonderfully! Will definitely make these again.
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the photo states: also pictured are Chocolate and Gingerbread cookies. you can make them any color you want with some food coloring.
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They are different colored cookies because this same picture is used for Martha's Chocolate Cookies recipe.
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Why are some caramel colored, some white and some chocolate?
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very easy to make =)
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Our family LOVES these! I've never been able to make the perfect cut sugar cookie until I tried this recipe and watched the video. It turns out I was always trying to roll my dough to thin. I can't wait to dazzle everyone with Christmas trees this upcoming holiday season! :-)
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Easy to do, my 2 year old baby boy LOVED THEM!!
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I've used this recipe since 1998 for my large sugar cookies, it came with my Martha Cookie Decorating Kit. I don't know how many times I've given this recipe to friends. Everyone loves it! I've found it easy to work with.
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Is it just me or is this dough difficult to work with? Mine turned out very dry and crumbly and was a challenge to roll out. It tastes good but more trouble than it's worth.