If your annual Holiday Baking Marathon was canceled this year, there’s no reason to pout or cry. You can satisfy your sweet tooth and get into the holly jolly spirit by participating in a centuries-old tradition with the people of your household: baking and decorating sugar cookies.

a plate of food on a table: Recipe of the day: Sugar cookies

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Recipe of the day: Sugar cookies

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Of course, it’s always fun to make an awesome dessert every now and then, but when it comes to the holidays sometimes a simple classic cookie is what you crave. And nothing reminds us of the holidays cooking with grandma than a frosted sugar cookie.

Bakers all skill levels can easily whip up these spicy holiday sugar cookies. Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare the dough then spread it out on a well floured surface. Cut the dough into shapes with your holiday cookie cutters. Get a variety of cutters, like trees, reindeer, Santa, ornaments, snowflakes, people, gifts, and other holiday shapes. Then place the cookies on baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes.

Once the cookies have cooled completely, start make the icing. Add food coloring to make frosting of different colors and give your cookies extra character. Then decorate as you wish! Ideally while watching Christmas movies and sipping hot chocolate. If your urge to cook hasn’t calmed down after this easy recipe, try more of our best cookie recipes ever.

Spicy Holiday Sugar Cookies


For the sugar cookies:

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

For the colored cookie frosting:

2 cups of icing sugar

2 tablespoons of milk, plus more to reach desired consistency

Food coloring


For the sugar cookies:

Preheat the oven to 325 ° F.

Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

Put aside.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and vanilla; mix well.

Gradually add the flour mixture on low speed until combined.

Roll out dough on a generously floured surface to 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out shapes with your favorite holiday cookie cutters.

Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown slightly.

Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute.

Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

For the colored cookie frosting:

For the icing, combine the icing sugar and milk with a whisk until blended and smooth.

Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

Makes 1 cup.

To frost cookies, hold the cookie by its edge and dip the top of the cookie in the frosting. (Or pour the frosting over the cookie using a teaspoon.)

Place frozen cookies on a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet to dry. (The foil-lined baking sheet will catch any drips.)

To add decorative details to cookies, pour tinted frosting into a resealable plastic bag.

Cut a small piece from the corner.

Squeeze the frosting into the hole in the plastic bag to decorate the cookies.

This recipe is courtesy of McCormick.

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