‘Tis the season to spend all of your time in the kitchen but it doesn’t have to be that way and for some people it cannot be that way. This is a recipe that helps out tremendously for the holidays but of course can be a freezer staple for quick desserts throughout the week. Bake a whole dozen or just a few, the choice is yours with this simple make ahead recipe.

Make Ahead Freezer Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 4 dozen


1 cup softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


  1. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth, scrape sides as needed.


2. Add in vanilla extract and egg. Of course you do not have to actually measure your vanilla, add a splash and if you’re feeling up to it add another! Another yummy idea would be to do 1/2 a Tbsp of vanilla extract and 1/2 Tbsp of almond extract, would add a different flavor and be delicious! Mix together.


3. In a separate bowl stir together all dry ingredients.



4. Add one half of the dry ingredients with your wet and mix together, once it is well combined add the second half.


5. Allow to continue mixing until the mixture comes together and forms a dough.


6. Scrape the sides and stir until it is an even layer in the bowl and separate into either four sections or two, depending on how you want to divide up your dough.


7. Place one division of your dough on an 18 inch long piece of plastic wrap (I decided to split my dough in half). Mold your dough so it is slightly evened out.



8. Roll the dough in the plastic, after it is rolled up you can continue molding and shaping the dough until it resembles the premade dough you’d find in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. (Roughly 12 inches long and half an inch in diameter.


9. Seal the plastic by twisting the ends and tucking underneath. Freeze until ready to use or up to 10 days.


1o. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, slice the cookies in to the desired thickness (or roll and cut out to desired shape) and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on the size and thickness you chose or until slightly golden on the edges.


Of course, feel free to decorate in any way you prefer or eat plain, I hope you enjoy this holiday classic as much as I do!

Merry Christmas!