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With Christmas right around the corner (is it really next week?!), I’m sharing my favorite cookie recipe. These little doughy balls of goodness are covered with glaze and topped with festive sprinkles.

What you’ll need:

Cookie dough

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract (a traditional recipe would call for anise extract..but I’m taking them to a cookie party, and anise is sometimes an acquired taste!)
  • 6 cups flour
  • 6 tsp baking powder


  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tsps vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Start by softening your butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add in your eggs, vanilla extract and white sugar. Mix well.

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Stir in the baking powder and flour until combined. The dough should be thick and hard to stir…use your muscles!

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Form dough intoΒ one-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. When you roll them, add some flour to your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to you! I also continue to sprinkle some over the dough as I go so it doesn’t get too sticky.

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BakeΒ for 8 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Move to a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool for 15 minutes or so.

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Mix the glaze ingredients in a bowl until combined. You will need to stir like crazy until all of the little powdered sugar globs break up! Spoon glaze over the cooled cookies. Make sure to put wax paper under the cooling racks…the glaze will drip! I like to let the first coat dry and circle back with a second (or a third!) before moving onto the final step.

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Add some Christmas sprinkles while your glaze is still wet and let the glaze harden. This recipe yields about 60-65 cookies.

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Tah-dah! Β Happy baking. πŸ™‚