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01/06/2015 12:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

You Won't Believe All These Cookies Came from the Same Dough

By Rhoda Boone, EPICURIOUS

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If there's one thing that you can customize to any occasion, it's cookies. Whether you're baking some love into Valentine's Day bites or serving sweet treats to a Superbowl party, we're making it easy by creating a recipe for All-in-One Sugar Cookie Dough.

Not only does this recipe make heavenly sugar cookies perfect for snacking or decorating, it also serves as a delicious canvas to highlight other flavors. Its so easy to make a big batch of dough and customize it for everyone and everything. Want roll-and-cut, slice-and-bake, AND sandwich cookies? We've got you covered. Plus, you can make this cookie dough up to 3 days before baking, or even freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Make sugar cookies sparkle. Pro tip: For an easy, modern way to decorate, brush baked cookies with egg white and dip or sprinkle with sanding sugar, edible glitter, or dragees wherever you want a pop of color or shine.

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Add sweetness and crunch with dried fruit and nuts. Just fold your favorite chopped nuts or dried fruits to the base dough recipe. Here, we picked a Christmas-y combo of dried cranberries and pistachios.

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Brighten up your cookies with zest and herbs. Feel free to mix in finely grated citrus zest (orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime all work well) and/or fresh herbs like thyme, lavender, or rosemary for a slightly savory twist. Here we added lemon zest and thyme leaves, and topped the baked cookies with a simple glaze of confectioners' sugar and milk.

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Spice up your cookies. Pro tip: Add warm spices to your dough by whisking them into the dry ingredients. For this cookie, we evoke the flavors of chai with ground cardamom, clove, and ginger, then add chopped crystallized ginger after forming the dough. Make these cookies sparkle with a dusting of sanding sugar or Sugar in the Raw before baking.

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Go ahead, make a sandwich. An easy cream-cheese filling or a jar of storebought dulce de leche is all you need to transform crunchy cookies into uber-indulgent sandwiches.

Ready to get started? Get the only recipe you need right here: All-in-One Sugar Cookie Dough

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