Royal Iced Sugar Cookies
Bridget Thibeault, owner of Luna Bakery & Cafe, notes that not only are these cookies simple, but homemade sugar cookies are better by far than store-bought counterparts. “So many sugar cookies that you purchase have shortening or added preservatives,” she notes. “What sets this recipe apart is it is delicious even without the icing and it has amazing flavor because of the butter and vanilla.” Topped with a classic royal icing, this cookie doubles up on sweetness.
Chocolate Peppermint Tree Cookies
Courtney Bonning, co-owner of Terrapin Bakery, creates a sugar cookie that adds two important flavors to impart holiday flair. “This is actually a chocolate cookie that has been adapted for sugar cookie decoration,” Bonning says. “The peppermint makes this cookie perfect for pairing with hot chocolate or coffee. Using [white] chocolate as the decoration on top of these cookies is less sweet than doing a traditional royal icing topping and gives a light bite of chocolate that is always delightful.”
This recipe — created by Travis Howe, chief cookie officer of FatT’s Cookies, for the FatT’s Cookies’ anniversary — starts with a sugar cookie dough but adds a birthday twist. “It’s our version of a business birthday cake, cookiefied,” says Howe. “The sprinkles are for color and fun, [and then] the almond gives it more of a wedding cake feel to it as opposed to a birthday cake. Basically you’re already excited about all of the colors and then, Boom, flavor bomb, once you take a bite.”