Celestial Sugar Cookies

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by greyghost

I just made these for my mother's annual Christmas Cookie Exchange - they turned out great and so seasonal if you put green and red sugar on top - perfect for the holiday! Recipe came from Colorado Colore: A Palate of Tastes - cooking time does not include hour to chill . . .

Top Review by Nanners

I've been making this recipe for years. It's the one my mom and grandma made. They are hands down the best sugar cookies I've ever had. I agree that chilling the dough overnight really gives the cookies the best consistency: cakey on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. The only change I make is adding 1 t. baking powder to the dry ingredients. I'm not sure this makes any difference, but I like a bit of "height" to my cookies. I bake on parchment lined baking sheets, making sure to keep the dough cold.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together.
  2. Beat butter, oil, sugar and confectioner's sugar in separate mixing bowl until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients gradually and beat until well blended.
  5. Chill, covered for 1 hour.
  6. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and coat balls with additional sugar.
  7. Arrange balls on ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Press in additional color sugar for holiday decoration.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.
  10. Cool and store in airtight container.
  11. For variations: Add 1 tsp of almond extract or lemon extract, add 1/2 crushed almonds or hazelnuts, add 1 TBS finely chopped lemon zest, add 1 TBS crushed peppermint candies, roll in colored sugar for holidays, or use decorative glass to create pattern on each cookie.

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