Martha's Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies - Christmas

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"These cookies are by far "The Best" Sugar Cookies I have ever had, and the amazing flavor is in the secret ingredient :) I guarantee if you do make them, you will never use another recipe. Try them and see for yourself! They are delicious plain or decorated with frosting, or glaze and holiday jimmies or sprinkles or colored sugar granules. You can substitute lemon or lime peel in place of the orange peel if you wish. They are all awesome! You can easily double this recipe to make a larger amount of cookies for ALL the HOLIDAYS! The amount of cookies really depends on the size of the cutters you use, so it is only a guesstimate. The cooking time is for 1 sheet of cookies."

Original is 30-35 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (23.1 g)
  • Calories 88.9
  • Total Fat - 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 22 mg
  • Sodium - 64 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 13.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 6.7 g
  • Protein - 1.4 g
  • Calcium - 15.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until well mixed.

Step 2

Add 2 eggs to the creamed mixture. Mix well.

Step 3

In another large bowl, mix sifted flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed butter mixture. Mix well.

Step 4

Add in grated orange rind, and mix well.

Step 5

Make into a ball, and chill in bowl covered with saran wrap, for at least 2 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 6

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 7

With a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick on a very lightly floured surface.

Step 8

Make into desired shapes using cookie cutters. (I dip my cutters in flour before cutting each cookie, so they don't stick). If you don't have cookie cutters, you can use the bottom of a glass instead. Brush off any excess flour before putting them on the cookie sheet, if there is any.

Step 9

Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. You may use parchment paper if you like.

Step 10

Bake for 8 minutes (or you may preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and bake for 10 minutes).

Step 11

Let cookies cool on wire racks.

Step 12


Step 13

Store in a covered plastic container, or cookie tin.


No special items needed.

18 Reviews


We had fun making these cookies and then decorating them. The kids came up with all kinds of concoctions while they were decorating. They browned up nicely without getting real hard. The dough was quite easy to work with after chilling. The flavor of these cookies is just delightful, and so yummy! The orange really sets these apart from other sugar cookies I have tried. Found a good one here and I tucked t away for Valentines Day!


review by:
(2 Jan 2021)

Nancy Nibbles

New to this review thing, but I have to come in and tell you about these little cookies. This is my first time making sugar cookies and it went pretty well. I floured my bench well, chilled my dough good and floured my rolling pin good while rolling out the dough. I rolled out the dough pretty thin because I don't like thick sugar cookies. I dunked my cookie cutters in flour often while cutting out the cookies and I had no problems. Yay! Cookies are super delicious! Loved the decorating part which my niece helped me with. They came out beautiful! Now to bag up to give to family.


review by:
(21 Dec 2019)


I made these last week to bring into work for the break room. When I went back to get the dish it was empty! Saturday I will make more with my dd. These are so yummy that I will be making a double batch! The fun part is decorating the cookies. You can make your imagination run wild!


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(18 Dec 2019)


I made a batch to have tomorrow for our Christmas party at work. They are the best tasting sugar cookies I have ever had. Love that secret ingredient! Makes all the difference to me. The dough was good to work with once I heavily dusted my bench and threw some extra on the dough before rolling. Make sure you flour your cutters each time before you cut the cookie out. Also make sure dough is chilled good! I put mine back in the fridge between roll outs. Mine look just like Linda's photo. Golden, a little crispy to the bite and taste so dang good! I had so much fun decorating them.


review by:
(12 Dec 2019)


I made one batch with orange zest and another with lemon zest . Both amazing! Tastiest sugar cookies I have ever made!


review by:
(23 Dec 2015)


These are the best sugar cookies! They are virtually impossible to screw up and taste extra good with the orange peel. I might have to make them with lemon and lime peel and see how that works!


review by:
(1 Jan 2015)

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