Christmas Eve Sake Sugar Cookies

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This recipe makes about 20 cookies, with half of them being “test subjects” and Santa eating the rest. This recipe and all my recipes are made without a stand mixer or machine because I don’t have them. 


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar 
  •  1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 of cups all-purpose flour 
  • 3/8 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 3/8 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of sake


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter until creamy. (I often melt my butter down first and let it cool down to room temperature.)
  2. Add in the rest of the wet ingredients: egg, vanilla extract, and lime juice and mix until blended fully.
  3. Mix dry ingredients with a whisk in a smaller bowl, then add them gradually to mixture in the larger bowl. 
  4. Scrape your dough out onto a plastic wrap and mold it into a disk shape. 
  5. Place dough in the fridge for 2 1/2 hours and let it rise. 
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  7. Wait 20 minutes for your dough to warm up to room temperature.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, place the dough and roll it out until it has a thickness of 1/4 inch. If you want crispier cookies, roll the dough thinner. 
  9. Use your favorite cookie cutter to create different shapes to impress good Ole Saint Nick and transfer to a baking sheet.
  10. If you have extra dough, roll it back into a ball and flatten it once more. 
  11. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges become golden brown. 
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  13. You can decorate with frosting or sprinkles. Enjoy Your hard work. 

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