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 easy, elegant sugar cookie recipe made with basic pantry ingredients is all you need. If you want, make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, or freeze 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.
Game plan: You’ll need to make a batch of our Royal Icing before you begin.
For more cookie inspiration, check out our Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Peppermint Buttercream Filling, Checkerboard Cookies, and Pistachio Mexican Wedding Cakes.