“The Best” Sugar Cookies from Better Homes and Gardens

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Are you looking for Christmas cookie recipes? Look no more! Check out this excellent recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

“The Best” Sugar Cookies

Yields: about 36 cookies

Prep: 35 mins

Chill: 30 mins

Bake: 7 mins 375°F per batch


3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 recipe Royal Icing (optional)
Small decorative candies (optional)


  1. In a large bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, half at a time, until 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using 2-1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool. If desired, frost with Royal icing and/or decorate with decorative candies.

From the Test Kitchen


Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

To Store:

Layer uniced cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. If desired, ice and decorate before serving.

Royal Icing


3 tablespoons meringue powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water
Assorted colors paste food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the 1/2 cup water and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add the 2 to 4 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make an icing of spreading consistency. If desired, divide icing into individual bowls and tint with paste food coloring.

Nutrition Facts

(“The Best” Sugar Cookies)

Per serving: 74 kcal cal., 4 g fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 1g monounsatured fat), 14 mg chol., 55 mg sodium, 10 g carb., 0 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 1 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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