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Holiday Sugar Cookies

I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them. —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 9-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Red Hot candies

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into three 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  • Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
  • In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and food coloring until smooth; transfer to a resealable plastic bag; drizzle over cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree. Place one Red Hot at the top of each tree.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 169 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Sara
    Dec 16, 2020

    This is literally the only recipe for sugar cookies that didn’t try to fall apart and need adjusting. Plus they’re yummy! I’m so excited to not have Christmas cookie making turn into a stress fest!!

  • MrsA1003
    Jun 29, 2009

    This is the BEST sugar cookie i have ever made. It's more of a butter/sugar cookie which is great. They roll out perfectly for cutouts.

  • huzzah616
    Dec 16, 2008

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