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Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies

 Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies
While I usually bake these cookies for Christmas, I'll also make them at Valentine's Day (in the shape of hearts, with messages written in frosting), at Thanksgiving (shaped like turkeys), at Halloween (pumpkins), etc. Children like to help out with the decorating. —Cynthia Ettel, Hutchinson, Minnesota
42 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Colored sugar


  • In a bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until creamy. Add eggs and
  • vanilla; beat well. Stir together dry ingredients; gradually add to
  • creamed mixture until completely blended. Chill for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to
  • a 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with holiday cutters dipped in flour. Using
  • a floured spatula, transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets. Bake

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Vanilla-Butter Sugar Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting, combine sugar, butter, vanilla and milk; beat until
  • creamy. Thin with additional milk to desired spreading consistency
  • if necessary. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Spread
  • frosting over cookies and decorate with colored sugar. Yield: 7
  • dozen (2-1/2-in. cookies).
Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 158 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.