Buttery Sugar Cookies

300 mins (prep 60)
6 ingredients
makes about 4 dozen cookies
When it comes right down to it, the simplest holiday cookie is, hands down, this sugar cookie. No rolling pin or sheets of wax paper are required. Just roll the dough into balls between your palms, then coat them with decorative coarse sugars. This is the perfect cookie for children starting out in the kitchen, by the way. They'll have loads of fun mixing up different colors of the sanding sugar, and messy kitchen aside, everyone will be happy when they sink their teeth into the first ones warm from the oven. Although this dough makes a delightful cookie on its own, it also serves as the base for four more surprisingly different yet super delicious holiday confections, from Caramel Cheesecake Bites and Chocolate Peppermint Stars to Raspberry-Almond Linzer Cookies and Chocolate-Dipped Spritz Washboards with Pistachios . Make one recipe, or make all five. You'll be the hit of the neighborhood cookie swap.

Categories:  cookie , birthday , kid--friendly , christmas , christmas-eve , potluck , party , family-reunion ,
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Serving Size (182.3 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 685.32 Calories from Fat 5.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.61g 3.77%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1.94%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 293.12mg 48.85%
Total Carbohydrate 165.97g 221.29%
Dietary Fiber 1.69 g 27.0%
Sugars 118.23 g %
Protein 6.46g 51.65%
Vitamin A 1.25IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 10.74mg% Iron 2.96mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large egg, pure vanilla extract, coarse, sheets, special equipment, baking, large, parchment paper, wax paper