Festive Holiday Sugar Cookies (recipe by ChatGPT)

Note: We have not tested this recipe yet, so comment if you give it a try.


  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. Zest of one orange (optional, for a festive twist)

For the Icing:

  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 3-6 tablespoons milk or water
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. Food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheets: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk Dry Ingredients: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract and orange zest (if using).
  5. Combine with Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  6. Form the Dough: Divide the dough into two, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  7. Roll Out Dough: On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  8. Cut Out Cookies: Use holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place them on the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown. Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Make Icing: For the icing, whisk together powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk or water, and vanilla extract. Add more liquid as needed to reach your desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
  11. Decorate: Once the cookies are completely cool, decorate them with the icing and any other festive decorations like sprinkles.

Enjoy your homemade holiday cookies! They’re perfect for sharing with family and friends or leaving out for Santa.

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