Classic Sugar Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

Stick to the classics with Food Network Kitchen's traditional sugar cookies with crispy edges and a soft, buttery center.
By: Emily Lee
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

12 Days of Cookies It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

What sets a classic, homemade sugar cookie apart from the doughy store-bought varieties? We think it's the combination of crispy edges and a soft, buttery center. Food Network Kitchen strikes just the right balance by using superfine sugar to give the cookies crunchiness, and a small amount of baking powder, which ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much and losing their shape. You can cut the dough into whatever shapes you'd like, but these tree ornament shapes are timeless.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Classic Sugar Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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