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 recipe yields 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 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.

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Step 13

Store in a covered plastic container, or cookie tin.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



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)


We love Sugar Cookies and made them with the family this year. It was so much fun and they are super delicious!

review by:
(1 Jan 2015)


Best darn sugar cookies ever! Flavor is wonderful! Made and already to go to a Christmas party tonight.

review by:
(20 Dec 2014)


I just made up two batches of these sugar cookies to have for my cookie trays this year. They are so delicious, and better than others I have tried. Martha is a woman who lived next door to my grandmother and she gave the recipe to my Nanny many years ago. My whole family loves these during the holidays and they are so much fun to decorate. A must have on my cookie trays!

review by:
(14 Dec 2014)


I made these for friends at work put them in the lunch room. They devoured them and they were gone in no time. I had so much fun decorating them with my daughter. They tasted so good I was surprised we could leave them alone while we decorated them!

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(4 Jan 2014)