Keep Traditions Alive & Tummies Full.

Whether you enjoy baking cookies or just like to eat them, rolled and cut sugar cookies are one of our traditions at Agency McKenna. Let your imagination run wild and take advantage of the many cookie-cutter shapes available from a specialty store like Sur La Table or even your local grocery store. Candy canes, trees, and snowflakes provide a canvas for thick buttercream frosting or delicate piped designs.

Unleash your inner Santa and get baking.

Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe.

Cookie Dough Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup shortening (I know! but it makes for super crispy cookies)

1 cup of white sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 tablespoon vanilla

cookie recipe


1. Combine butter, shortening, and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle. Beat at medium speed until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add orange juice, zest and vanilla and mix until combined.

2. In a separate bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a fork to mix the salt and baking powder. Add this to the mixing bowl and mix on low until well combined.

3. Separate dough into 3 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.

4. In a 400 degree F oven, bake rolled cookies for 6-8 minutes until barely brown.

5. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Frost as desired or enjoy as is!

Tips & Tricks to Rolling Thin Cookies

  • Take one disc from the refrigerator at a time
  • Lightly flour surface before placing dough in the center
  • Flour top and bottom of dough
  • Use a rolling pin and with up/down and side/side motion roll the dough to 1/4 inch, or if you’re really brave, 1/8 inch
  • Dip cookie cutter in flour and press to cut shape
  • Use a spatula to lift the cookie to the baking sheet

Last word of advice? Don’t forget to set the timer!

sugar cookie dough