What is more classic than sugar cookies during the holidays? Make yours interesting by choosing a flavoring or experimenting with your favorite spices!


  • For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • *flavoring (see options)
  • For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. water or milk
  • *flavoring (see options)
  • *Flavoring options (choose one per batch):

  • *Mexican Mole

  • Cookies: 2 Tbsp. Mexican Mole
  • Glaze: 3 Tbsp. Dutch cocoa powder
  • Garnish: white sesame seeds
  • *Rosemary-Orange

  • Cookies: 1 Tbsp. ground rosemary, ½ Tbsp. cracked rosemary and 1 Tbsp. orange flower water
  • Glaze: 1 tsp. orange flower water
  • Garnish: cracked rosemary


This is a great master recipe to flavor with your favorite spices.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Mix in flavoring ingredients. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together in a separate bowl, then stir into flavored butter and sugar mixture until incorporated. Stir in egg until dough is smooth. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (Alternatively, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8-inch thick and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.) Bake for 12 to 15 min. until lightly browned. Mix glaze ingredients together in a small bowl. When cookies are cooled completely, spread with a light layer of glaze, then top with recommended garnish if using. #HolidayCookies


1 batch makes 2 dozen cookies

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Mexican Mole 1 oz bag $2.70
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Rosemary, Ground, Organic 2 floz bottle $3.40
Rosemary, Cracked, Organic 2 floz bottle $3.25
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