December 4th is one of Loretta’s favorite days – National Cookie Day! And she loves that with the help of PACE-CNY she can still bake at home.

Here’s her favorite holiday sugar cookie recipe:


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Colored Frosting and lots and lots of sprinkles and decorations!


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill until firm, 1 hour.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in thickness. Cut out with holiday cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
  3. Decorate cookies with frosting and lots of sprinkles!

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