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Cook the Book: Classic Sugar Cookies

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The holidays are full of great cookies but for me, no one cookie represents the season better than the sugar cookie. I think it's because the sugar cookie acts as a blank canvas just yearning for some holiday flare. Baking a batch is like finding that perfect Christmas tree—it's beautiful in and of itself but gets even better with the addition of glittering ornaments and lights (or colored sugar, sprinkles, and icing in this case).

Of course, all of these fancy embellishments are completely useless if your cookies aren't up to par. That's where this recipe for Classic Sugar Cookies from The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet comes in.

This version requires a few more steps than what you might be familiar with but the extra chilling and rolling ensures tender-but-still-crisp cookies. This is also a great make-ahead dough recipe, which is great for such a busy time of year. The dough can be stored in the freezer for up to two months.

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