'Tis the season of giving, and more importantly, baking.
Here are some tips on making sure your sugar cookies are the season's best:
Resist the urge to microwave the butter to soften it. This will result in sugar cookies that don't hold their shape. Butter should be room temperature when you're ready to mix your ingredients.
A good rule of thumb is to remove it from the fridge and let it stand for about an hour, or until it gives to gentle pressure.
It's a lot easier to work with chilled dough, especially if you're using cookie cutters. Sugar cookie dough should be chilled for 30 minutes in the fridge, or 15 minutes in the freezer if you're short on time.