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Classic Sugar Cookies

Points® value
Total Time
27 min
15 min
12 min
Complete your holiday gathering with these classic cookies. Vary the cookie cutters and coloured sugars to create an endless variety of shapes and designs..


All-purpose flour

3 cup(s)

Baking powder

2 tsp(s)

Baking soda

1 tsp(s)

Ground nutmeg

½ tsp(s)

Salted butter

¼ oz

Neufchâtel cheese

¼ cup(s)


1 cup(s), granulated

Vanilla extract

1 tsp(s)

Raw egg

1 large

Fat-free skim milk

½ cup(s)

All-purpose flour

1 tsp(s)


cup(s), coloured (for decorating)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Place butter and cheese in a large bowl; cream using an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until batter is pale yellow; beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. Add about 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of milk to cheese mixture; mix batter on low speed until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour and cheese mixtures.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Using your palms, press down on plastic wrap to flatten dough into a hamburger shape; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
  6. Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour on a flat work surface. Pull off about 1/3 of dough and, using a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter, cut cookies out of dough and place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll up dough scraps and add back to dough ball. Pull off another 1/3 of dough and repeat process until all dough is used – recipe will make approximately 45 cookies.
  7. Sprinkle cookies with coloured sugar and bake until edges just start to turn golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks and cook completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.


Make these cookies any shape you want. You can sprinkle them with coloured sugar as we’ve done here or make coloured icing and paint on your own designs (may affect Points values). To ice the cookies, bake them without the coloured sugar topping. While they are cooling, combine 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 to 3 teaspoons of hot water in a small bowl. Divide icing in half and add drops of different food colouring to each half; paint designs on cookies using small painting or basting brushes.