Whether you’re cutting out classic Christmas shapes, or want to make custom cookies for a baby shower, Valentine’s Day, or a birthday party, this no-frills sugar cookie recipe is all you need. If you want, make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, or freeze it until you’re ready to use it. And unlike many sweets that go stale after a day, these baked cookies stay fresh up to 4 days in a sealed container, even with the icing, so they’re ideal for shipping as a gift or serving on a cookie plate, and you can make them with basic pantry ingredients.
Game plan: You’ll need to make the Royal Icing before you begin.
Watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Amy Wisniewski make these simple Christmas sugar cookies in an episode of our Easiest Way video series.