For Easter, these lemon sugar cookies are cut out into tulip shapes and decorated in spring colors.
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These thin sugar cookies are ready to be rolled out and decorated in full holiday style.
This is adapted from a recipe published by Girl Scout council leader Florence E. Neil in The American Girl in 1922. Note that the dough is very soft and sticky. If the dough grows too soft as you roll it out you may need to return it to the refrigerator to chill it further before cutting out cookies.
These Sugar Dot Cookies are the perfect blank canvas on which to unleash your inner cookie decorating artist.
My favorite recipe for making sugar cookies with royal icing comes from the venerable Martha Stewart. It's a classic recipe for perfect sugar cookies, the kind that are light and crisp and perfect for decorating. I recommend using brandy or cognac, which adds a butterscotch note to the cookies.
Does this cookie taste anything like the one offered at my high school? I have no idea. For a taste comparison, you'd have to ask someone who actually ate those cookies. But these cookies taste exactly as I imagined those cookies would taste: buttery and sweet with just a hint of vanilla. They might not be as easy to make as plucking frozen dough from a box, but they are darn close.
The holidays are full of great cookies but no one cookie represents the season better than the sugar cookie.