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Sugar Cookie Recipes

From Classic Rolled Sugar Cookies to Chocolate Sugar Cookies and More

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When you usually make sugar cookies, you are making a fairly stiff dough that can be rolled, cut into shapes and decorated. These are the typical cookies you probably make for Christmas. But there are all sorts of different sugar cookie recipes with different flavorings and even different methods for making them. You will find that classic recipe here, plus a drop cookie version (no rolling required), chocolate sugar cookies, peppermint sugar cookies and more.

All of these recipes make excellent treats for Christmas, Valentine's Day or just your PTA bake sale.

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Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
This is a classic rolled sugar cookie that is perfect for decorating. Be sure to roll the cookies to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Any thinner, and the cookies will become too crisp and break easily.

Soft Sugar Cookies Recipe

Soft Sugar Cookies
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These are one of my favorite cookies to make with the kids, because they have that whisper-soft, not overly-sweet flavor, but you don't have to roll them, which makes them perfect for baking with the kids. Although you can't cut these cookies into shapes, you can still decorate them with colored sugars and icings.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
Chocolate-lovers rejoice! Now you can have your chocolate and that delicate sugar cookie texture in one melt-in-your-mouth cookie. This recipe is great for Valentine's Day or any time you want a chocolate fix.

Easy Sugar Cookies Recipe

Easy Sugar Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
If you like making slice-and-bake cookies (the kind you can buy pre-packaged in the grocery store), you will enjoy making this recipe. Just form the dough into a log, roll the edges in colored sugar, refrigerate, and slice and bake when you're ready. See? Easy!

Peppermint Kiss Cookies Recipe

Peppermint Kiss Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
This recipe is a favorite with kids and adults alike. It's easy, because it starts with a sugar cookie mix (no measuring required). And the peppermint and chocolate flavor combination is always a winner. This is a great recipe to make with the kids. They will especially enjoy putting the Hershey kisses in these cookies.

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Christmas Cookie Recipe

Christmas Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
Lemon zest is the special ingredient that gives this recipe a bright flavor. These cookies are ideal for Christmas, because they aren't overly sweet, making them a perfect canvas for adding lots of icings and decorations.

Candy Cane Cookies Recipe

Candy Cane Cookies
Stephanie Gallagher
This is another holiday cookie recipe, flavored with peppermint. It's also easy, because it starts with a sugar cookie mix. Rolling and shaping the dough into candy canes is easy, and the kids will likely enjoy this activity. This recipe is perfect for Christmas parties and cookie swaps.

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