Thirteen Ways to Make Your Sugar Cookies Anything but Ordinary

(Updated From May 13, 2014)

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The sugar cookie is a classic and such a crowd-pleaser. They’re a go-to in my house when we need a sweet treat to share, but when you’ve made hundreds of sugar cookies, there needs to be some sort of variation to keep it interesting.

Sugar cookies can be a work of art. I’m not an artist but I can make sugar cookies that taste good. Like a work of art, there is so much creativity that can be put into even the sugar cookie flavors. Here are variations to make sugar cookies more than ordinary.

  • Chocolate Sugar Cookies. I like chocolate. So my first choice for sugar cookie flavors is chocolate sugar cookies. A fudgy sugar cookie with dark, fudgy frosting is my perfect sugar cookie. You’ll find a great mix here.
  • Cinnamon Chip Sugar Cookies. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 to one cup of cinnamon chips to add flavor to your sugar cookie dough. Add them at the end and don’t beat longer than necessary.
  • Raspberry, Strawberry, or Blueberry Sugar Cookies. Add blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry bits for splashes of color and a burst of flavor to your sugar cookies.
  • Sandwich Sugar Cookies. Use whatever flavor sugar cookie for your base cookies and put icing, whipped cream, or ice cream in the middle for a delightful treat.
  • Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 to one cup of chocolate chips to your dough. Add them at the end.
  • Cranberry Nut Sugar Cookies. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 cup finely chopped cranberries and 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts to the dough.
  • Butterscotch Sugar Cookies. Add a teaspoon of butterscotch flavor. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 to one cup of butterscotch chips to your dough. Add them at the end.
  • Spiced Sugar Cookies. Add a teaspoon of good quality cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger.
  • Zested Orange, Lemon, or Lime Sugar Cookies. Add a tablespoon of zest and a teaspoon of orange flavor, lemon flavor, or lime flavor to your cookies to give your sugar cookies a zesty flavor.

You can see that sugar cookies don’t have to be “plain vanilla.” In addition to what you see here, consider adding flavors to both your sugar cookie dough and your frosting. (You’ll get more flavor in your frosting since heat drives off some of the flavors in your dough.) Add other dried fruit and nuts—just keep the pieces small. Experiment with peanut butter chips or peanut butter in your dough.

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