Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ lemon, zested (optional)
  • ½ vanilla bean, remove seeds for use (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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by Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson, the Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City uses these sugar cookies to make edible ornaments, decorated with colorful royal icing, for the Tavern's holiday tree.


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.

Cream together the butter and sugar with the lemon zest, vanilla, and vanilla bean seeds. Add the egg and mix until completely incorporated.

Add the cream and the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with each addition, and mix just until a homogenous dough is formed.

Form a flat disc with the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.*

Roll out the dough to approximately 1/8-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes (if baking for decorations to trim a tree, it is important to remember to punch a small hole out now, before baking the cookies.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until the edges just turn golden.

Cool completely before decorating.


*Note: You can skip this step if you want to bake the cookies right away, but refrigerating overnight accomplishes two things. 1. It chills the dough, making it easier to roll and cut, and 2. It allows the flour to absorb moisture from both the cream and the egg, making for a much nicer dough and a better cookie).


Calories per serving:

223 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 110g 170%
  • Carbs 393g 131%
  • Saturated 67g 336%
  • Fiber 7g 27%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 202g
  • Monounsaturated 29g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 34g 67%
  • Cholesterol 471mg 157%
  • Sodium 865mg 36%
  • Calcium 284mg 28%
  • Magnesium 67mg 17%
  • Potassium 394mg 11%
  • Iron 13mg 72%
  • Zinc 3mg 17%
  • Phosphorus 643mg 92%
  • Vitamin A 979µg 109%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 133%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 93%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 74%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 486µg 121%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 20%
  • Vitamin K 10µg 12%
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