Classic Sugar Cookies

Christmas Tree Cookies

Decorate these Classic Sugar Cookies any way you’d like for a fun holiday treat.

Classic Sugar Cookies
Makes about 24
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Dough
  1. ⅔ cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. ¾ cup sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. 4 teaspoons whole milk
Icing
  1. 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. ½ teaspoon almond extract
  4. ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 4 tablespoons whole milk
  6. Gel food coloring, sprinkles, sanding sugar
Instructions
  1. For dough: In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add egg; beat well. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Beat in 4 teaspoons milk, if needed. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. On a floured surface, roll each half of dough ¼ inch thick. Dip a 4-inch cutter in flour; cut dough, rerolling scraps as needed. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pans.
  4. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Let cool on pans 3 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  5. For icing: In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, and extracts. Gradually add milk until a thin glaze forms. Stir in desired amount of gel food coloring. Decorate cookies with sprinkles and sanding sugar as desired. Let icing dry completely.
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