The dough would not come together if u use the 4 cups of sugar. I think the 3 was a typo. When I added the rest of the 8 ounces I was able to shape the dough (just a tad sticky) roll them in the super fine sugar and flatten. Balls the size of dimes worked the best. Making a bunch of balls at a time saves you a lot of time. Just set them in a flat bowl of superfine sugar until u have done 10 or so. Coat and placa on wax paper. Flatten immediately. The flavoring is very mild. I used peppermint and red food coloring.