One Dough, Twelve Ways

One Dough, Twelve Ways: A versatile drop sugar cookie dough. Make one recipe and dress it a dozen different ways!

What happens when you discover a cookie dough that works as both chocolate chip cookie dough and the best sugar cookie dough ever? (Sugar cookie lovers, Pin this one!)

You make it about once a week, that’s what happens.

Then you start sticking all kinds of accessories on top of the naked dough balls – candied orange bits, salted nuts, white chocolate chunks, leftover peppermints from Christmas (Hey – don’t judge – I bet you have some too. . . .), purple and pink star sprinkles. . . .

And on top of all that kooky fiddling, you realize the dough chills perfectly well rolled up into a nifty little log that can be sliced, topped, and baked any time you darn well please.

Super convenient, versatile dough + custom toppings of choice = awesome & easy cookie making, the products of which can be tailored for just about anyone.

Even your Valentine. . . . hint, hint.

Just imagine all the red and pink things that could find their home atop these babies.

Cherry chips, dried raspberries, cranberries, red hots, heart sprinkles, pink sugar, red and pink M&M’s, strawberry frosting . . . must I go on?

And then when the whole Valentine’s shindig is over, well, the situation is still peachy keen – because you have that loyal and true, unfailingly delicious, (and undecorated!) dough log in the fridge, just waiting to play dress up.

This is cookie decorating on a whole other (as in way less messy and less time-consuming) level.

Twelve bare cookie slices. A whole slew One Dough, Twelve Ways - one versatile sugar cookie dough, dressed a dozen different waysof toppings. Each set of fingers gets to do their own personal thing.


Everyone is happy.

And as far as a home-baked gift goes?

No one ever said we could go wrong with a personalized cookie selection.

This time around our varieties included:

  • Sugar and Chai Spice
  • Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
  • Candied Orange and Vanilla Chip
  • Colored Sugar Crystals
  • Dark Chocolate, Salted Pistachio, & Candied Orange
  • Pearled Sprinkles
  • Toffee Pecan
  • Star Sprinkles and Sugar
  • Good Ol’ Chocolate Chip
  • Peppermint Bits and White Chocolate Chunk
  • Traditional Sugar
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips

And just sayin’ – as far as the “untraditional” route goes – Peppermint and White Chocolate, and Candied Orange and Vanilla Chip were superstar frontrunners.

Not that you’ll need my help picking a fave.

I’ll leave that up to you.

One Dough, Twelve Ways

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 2-4 dozen, depending on size

This dough is a fabulous sugar cookie dough recipe prepared as just that - sugar cookies, but it's surprisingly versatile and lends itself exceptionally well to all sorts of toppings. One thing to remember during the preparation of the dough is that the method of measuring flour is critical. To get the thin cookies like in the picture, use the method and measurements that I included here. If you like yours a little thicker and fluffier, add a couple more tablespoons. (Originally this recipe was posted using 2 1/4 cups flour, I've changed it though, because those were coming out a little on the thick side. If you are not going to stir/scoop/fluff, play it safe and add just 2 cups of flour, then test one or two by baking them as directed, and if you need more flour, add it before you continue with the rest of your batch.)


  • 2 cups flour + 2 tablespoons (stir, spoon, level method)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare a baking sheet by covering with parchment paper.

Measure the flour into a medium bowl by first stirring the flour in the storage container, spooning it into a measuring cup, then leveling the flour by dragging the flat side of a butter knife across the top of the measuring cup.

Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the flour and stir together.

To the bowl of a mixer, add the room temperature butter and the sugar. Cream together. Add the egg and vanilla. Cream again. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, mixing well after each.

Onto the parchment covered baking sheet, drop heaping teaspoons of dough spaced about 2" apart. Top each with desired "garnish", or roll in sugar and/or spices.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bottom edges are just turning golden.


Sara| Home Is Where The Cookies Are

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