Christmas Sugar Cookies 2 Ways

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Start with a good, basic sugar cookie dough and you can create several different delicious and beautiful versions of Christmas cookies. Here are two ideas for pretty holiday cookies, a pretzel and a thumbprint.

Dough ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon sea salt 
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 
1 cup cane sugar 
1 egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Make the dough

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in another bowl until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in the flour mixture until a dough forms. 

Cookie Pretzels

Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a thin rope, about 1/4 inch in diameter and 6 inches long. Form each rope into a pretzel shape and place 1 inch apart on parchment covered baking sheets. Using a pastry brush, gently brush beaten egg white over the tops of each cookie, then sprinkle with coarse sugar or turbinado sugar. Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes until golden. Cool the pretzels on the baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen pretzels.


Scoop out heaping teaspoons of dough and form into smooth 1 inch balls. Set on parchment lined cookie sheets about 3 inches apart. Indent the balls with your thumb and fill with jam of your choice. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen thumbprints.