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Frosted Sugar-'n'-Spice Cookies

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep time 1 hr
Cook time 10 mins
Other Time time 2 hrs, 33 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Give sugar cookies a tasty twist by adding a touch of spice. This recipe is great for any time of the year and you can change the shape and the color of the sprinkles depending on the holiday.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Simple White Frosting
  • Red and blue sprinkles

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 6 ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Beat butter and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cream cheese, orange zest, and vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.

  3. Divide dough in half, shaping into 2 flattened disks. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 dough disk on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut with a 4-inch star-shaped cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.

  5. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

  6. Spread cookies with a thin layer of Simple White Frosting; top with sprinkles.

  7. Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step Freeze cookies in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 1 month. Thaw completely at room temperature before icing.