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Stephen’s Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Stephen Brown, Habanero Consulting Inc.
Stephen Brown

Quality Assurance Specialist

Decorating sugar cookies at Christmas time is something I did as a child. Seeing my wife and daughter continue this activity is one of those things that makes the holidays feel like the holidays. What makes this even better is that they began doing this without any prompting from me. It’s as though it is an innate part of the holidays built in to the DNA of my family. It’s also important to note that a plate of these cookies are left for Santa. He clears the plate each year, so I’m pretty sure that proves there is something special about them!

Best Rolled Sugar Cookies



  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Buttercream frosting

  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream



Step 1

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). On a floured surface, roll out the dough ¼ to ½-inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 3

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in a preheated oven. Cool completely.


Step 1

In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy.

Step 2

Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended.

Step 3

Add salt, almond extract and whipping cream.

Step 4

Blend on low speed until moistened. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

Photos from Stephen

Sugar cookies in shapes of candy canes, snowflakes and wreaths sit on a wire rack to cool. They’re frosted with green icing and topped with green, white and red heart sprinkles.
Iced sugar cookies in festive shapes with sprinkles.
A young girl wearing a chef’s hat and apron cuts out cookie shapes from rolled-out dough while her mom takes a photo with her phone.
Stephen’s family hard at work rolling and cutting out the cookies.

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