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How to make holiday sugar cookies

How to... sweeten up the holidays

Spread some holiday cheer with home-baked sugar cookies this season. Follow this no-fail recipe to make a delicious batch that even Santa will love and decorate them with the family for an extra-special touch!

Sugar cookies for Christmas

What you'll need:

  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Holiday-themed cookie cutters

Step 1: Mix it up

Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. One by one, add the eggs, stirring as you add each one. Mix in almond extract. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Pour into the creamed mixture and stir well.

Step 2: Chill it

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on floured wax paper. Wrap up the dough with the wax paper and put it into the refrigerator for an hour.

Step 3: Roll the dough

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Flour the surface you'll be using to roll out the dough and make the cookies. Remove the dough from refrigerator and roll it out so it's a quarter-inch thick.

Step 4: Cut and cook

Cut out 30 cookies from the rolled dough using holiday-themed cookie cutters. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for eight minutes. Let cookies cool completely.

Step 6: Decorate and share

Get creative and decorate the cookies with store-bought or homemade icing and sprinkles. Give them as stocking stuffers and save a couple for jolly old St. Nick, too!

Watch: Want more holiday treats?

Watch this video on how to make snowman doughnut pops.

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