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Top Rated Sugar Cookie Recipes

It's always good to have a decent sugar cookie recipe on hand, and this recipe is perfect if you're looking to show off those baking skills to the max.This recipe is courtesy of J.R. Watkins

These Strawberry Sugar Cookies are perfectly chewy on the inside and crispy around the edges. Sweetened with freeze-dried strawberries, these cookies are deliciously sweet! Recipe courtesy of Imperial Sugar

For an additional flourish, decorate these no-roll sugar cookies with homemade Colored Sugar or Sugar Cookie Icing.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Sometimes you just have to bake a batch of old-fashioned cut-out sugar cookies, don’t you? These are my favorite sugar cookies, scented with just a hint of cardamom.Recipe courtesy of West of the Loop

If you're short on time before the big holiday party, try this recipe. The addition of anise seed gives an elevated flavor to sugar cookie mix. Recipe courtesy of Mccormick

These cookies are what you might consider small but mighty. The white chocolate filling with the chopped almonds pack a flavorful punch. Courtesy of Krusteaz

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a plate full of sugar cookies. This sweet dessert cocktail joins in on the Christmas spirit, too.

This sugar cookie recipe comes from Jay Muse, owner of Lulu Cake Boutique in New York City and Scarsdale, NY. It is perfect for making cookies of all shapes and sizes to decorate for the holidays. —Allison Beck Click here to see How to Decorate Cookies like a Professional. Click here to see Tips for Hosting a Cookie Decorating Party.

Nancy Olson, the Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City uses these sugar cookies to make edible ornaments, decorated with colorful royal icing, for the Tavern's holiday tree.

These cookies might look fancy, but they only take four ingredients, a little layering and a little twisting. Courtesy of Krusteaz

“The freshness of ripe summer berries paired creamy smooth zing of lemon curd are a perfect bite sized sweet treat.” — Andrea CorrealeThis recipe is courtesy of Elegant Affairs.

These were accidentally good. I'm no baker, and I hate to admit it, but this was pretty much my first time making cookies. Although the cookies got a little friendly with each other because I didn't space them out enough, they actually tasted good and had the right consistency — they were chewy and moist, surprisingly.Oh wait, no, no, no... I'm going about this completely the wrong way. I'm supposed to inspire confidence in my intro. Well then, how about this? These are the best cinnamon sugar cookies in the world. You won't need any other recipe after this. Why anybody would bother with cookies out of a can is beyond me because this is pretty easy, and if even I can do it, then certainly you can too. Then again, how could anything with this much butter turn out badly...Click here to see easy cookie recipes.

Cutout Sugar Cookies Recipe

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This easy cutout sugar cookie recipe is the best! It makes soft cookies with lightly crisp edges. The perfect sugar cookie for decorating!

Sugar cookies are such versatile cookies – there’s one for every occasion! This recipe makes amazing sugar cookies for decorating. You can also try Brown Sugar Cookies and these Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies for more ways to enjoy this classic cookie!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you make your sugar cookies just the way you like them.

How do you make sugar cookies chewy?

The big factors for a chewy versus crispy cookie are the thickness and the bake time.

If you prefer a chewy cookie, roll your sugar cookie dough a little thicker – ¼ – 5/16 inch (6-8mm) thick. Bake until edges are set but center of cookie is still soft. Let cool for a couple minutes on the pan, and then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.

You want that cookie a little bit under-baked when it’s coming out of the oven. It will set up to chewy goodness as it cools.

If you prefer a more crispy sugar cookie, roll the dough about 3/16 inch (5 mm) thick. Bake until firm and edges are slightly browned.

Are snickerdoodles and sugar cookies the same thing?

The flavor profiles of snickerdoodles and sugar cookies are similar. Snickerdoodles are traditionally rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mix, while sugar cookies are rolled or sprinkled with only sugar.

White granulated sugar is the most common, but some folks prefer to dust them with powdered sugar or use icing after baking.

When should you put sprinkles on sugar cookies?

Many people like to add frosting and sprinkles after baking, but you can apply them before baking, too.

If you’re a fan of frosting and sprinkles, wait until your cookies are completely cool. Then, apply icing, followed immediately by sprinkles. (If you try to put frosting on a warm cookie, it wants to run right off.)

Don’t wait to apply the sprinkles! Once the icing dries out, the sprinkles bounce off instead of staying on the sugar cookie.

Another option is to dip your cooled cookies completely or partly into melted chocolate, and then add sprinkles to the chocolate.

I like to melt together 1 cup of chocolate chips with one teaspoon of coconut oil. The coconut oil helps the chocolate to spread more evenly over the cookies.

If you like a simpler look, you can lightly press colored sprinkles into the dough before baking. We like using colored sugars or vanilla sugar, because they hold their color and shape well. Larger, softer sprinkles work best when teamed with frosting.

What's Vanilla Sugar?

When we make homemade vanilla extract, the vanilla beans still have a little flavor left in them (even after being used twice).

We strain out the extract, and mix the leftover vanilla beans with granulated sugar in a mason jar. The beans give the sugar a light vanilla flavor.

How do you make sugar cookies the same?

The key to getting cookies that look the same is consistency in how you make the cookies.

When rolling the dough, make sure to roll the dough to the same thickness each time. Space cookies evenly on the pan, and bake them the same amount of time each time.

Don’t mix big cookies and tiny cookies on one pan. The small sugar cookies may burn by the time the big ones are done baking. Bake cookies that are all roughly the same size together on one pan.

For tender cookies, don’t re-roll scraps more than twice. The more times you handle the dough, the tougher the cookies will be. (We bake the scraps after they've been rolled out twice, and eat those first.)

To decorate many cookies the same way, I find it helpful to line up the cookies in an assembly line. I move from cookie to cookie, repeating the same decorating steps each time.

Want a short cut for decorating cookies?

Through the miracle of modern technology, you can now order edible wafer paper decorations in a variety of shapes and colors. Just apply a quick layer of frosting or royal icing, and add on your decoration of choice.

They have decorations that are Christmas themed, woodland animals, Avengers, 3-D butterflies, flowers, unicorns – the variety is amazing. These are usually labeled as “cupcake toppers”, but they work fine for round cookies, too.

How do you make sugar cookies keep their shape?

Having sugar cookies keep their shape is all about using the right sugar cookie recipe and handling it correctly.

I remember being frustrated as a kid, trying to use my mom’s sugar cookie recipe to make fancy Christmas cookies. I’d roll out the cookies carefully, and then they’d blow up during baking. Every cookie looked like a giant blob.

Our sugar cookie recipe holds its shape great during baking – no more blobs!

I do advise having your butter at room temperature before you start mixing, so it blends evenly.

Also, blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy, but don’t whip the pants off your butter. Butter that’s whipped too much can give you sugar cookie dough that puffs up and collapses after baking.

If you're mixing by hand, this usually isn't a problem. If you’re using a stand mixer, don’t turn it on and leave it mixing.

Mix as much as you need to blend ingredients, but no more. Be gentle with cookie dough. Treat it more like pie crust than bread – no kneading.

How long do sugar cookies last?

Sugar cookies should last for several weeks in an airtight container – if you don’t eat them first.

For best shelf life, store in a cool, dark location, out of direct sunlight. It’s helpful to place wax paper between layers of cookies if they are frosted or iced. This keeps them from sticking together.

Your cookies will look a little nicer if you frost them after they thaw, but you can freeze frosted cookies, too. It’s fine to freeze plain or sugared cookies for a month or so in an airtight container.

You can also freeze raw cookie dough. Cut out shapes as if you intended to bake the cookies. Place baking sheet in freeze until the cookies are frozen solid. Remove from pan and pack in an airtight container.

When ready to bake, remove from freezer and place on baking sheet to thaw. Bake as normal. (They may need a little extra time if the dough is very cold.)

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The Best Sugar Cookies for Decorating

Our sugar dough is easy to roll and cut into all shapes and sizes. The cookies hold their shape during baking and come out firm and strong, perfect for decorating. We made them with a little less sugar, so feel free to load on the icing and sprinkles. Their buttery crispness will still come through.

Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Delicious red velvet cake in cookie form? Yes, please!

Chewy Sugar Cookies

This version of the sugar cookie has a slightly crispy edge and a super-chewy center, thanks to increasing the sugar and baking at a higher temperature. Roll the cookies in colored sugar for a festive, sparkly upgrade.

Soft Sugar Cookies

These sweet treats are a soft and tender version of traditional roll-out sugar cookies &mdash thanks to an extra egg. For extra holiday spirit, roll the dough in colored sanding sugar.

Hot Chocolate Sugar Cookie Sandwiches

Leftover hot chocolate or cocoa mix transforms a regular sugar cookie recipe into a festive treat. To keep cookies nice and round when you set the dough log down in the freezer, here's a tip: Hang onto your next cardboard paper towel tube, cut through it with scissors to make an open trough, then rest the log in the makeshift cradle and freeze.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Whether you are looking for a homemade gift for someone special or a fun holiday activity with kids, these sugar cookies couldn&rsquot be simpler, tastier or more beautiful. We take the buttery and perfectly crisp rounds and dip them into colored icing, resulting in a marbled and jewel-like effect that&rsquoll surely impress your valentine. Swap out the cookie cutter shapes and colors to create cookies for any holiday or special occasion.

Sprinkled Sugar Skillet Cookie

Why have a single cookie when you can have one the size of a cake?! This spin on the classic is a fun alternative for celebrations and a new way to curb your sugar cookie craving.

Star Confetti Cookies

These simple sugar cookies hold their shape when baked, so your cut-outs will have nice, clean edges. Mixed with red, white and blue confetti stars, they're a festive treat for a patriotic celebration.

Sugar Beet Sugar Cookies

Molly's take on sugar cookies could not be cuter. She loads them up with one of her favorite ingredients (sprinkles!) and glazes them with frosting and sanding sugar to make them look like just like beets from the farm.

Brown Sugar Cookies

We love the warm toffee note (from the brown sugar) in these cookies. Add spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for another variation.

Gold-Medal Winner Cookies

These cute cookies are crisp-tender, not too sweet and sturdy enough to hold their shape when baked. If you have the time and ingredients, you can pipe designs on the finished medals with decorating or royal icing.

Vegan Sugar Cookies

These vegan sugar cookies have the familiar flavor and texture of other classic sugar cookies (crisp edges, a soft center and slight chew) but contain no animal products. A touch of baking powder ensures the cookies puff slightly without spreading too much. Top them with a simple confectioners' sugar glaze and decorate with sprinkles for any holiday or festive occasion throughout the year.

Butterfly Sugar Cookies

You don&rsquot need to toss your butter in the air to see a butter fly! These beautiful winged cookies are pretty to look at and totally scrumptious to snack on.

Classic Sugar Cookies

Walnut Sugar Cookies

Orange flower water adds a special touch (and the perfect amount of sweet, citrusy flavor) to this traditional Greek cookie.

Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

The dough for these spiced autumn cookies is easily made in a food processor, much like pie dough, but with softened butter. We pulse the sugar first to finely grind it, which gives the cookies their tender and crunchy texture. Have fun with decorating make fall leaves or turkeys using halved candy corns or pecans for the tail feathers.

Honey Sugar Cookies

The sweetest sugar cookies? A touch of honey and meringue icing are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Old-School Sugar Cookies

The secret to Duff's cutout sugar cookies? Make sure you chill the dough well. This helps it keep it's shape as it bakes in the oven.

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Spook yourself sweet this Halloween season with festive sugar cookies that are no trick, all treat.

Hazelnut Sugar Cookie Cereal Cookies

Breakfast of champions! To start your mornings in a sweet way, mix these adorable mini heart cookies with tiny meringues and the other trail mix ingredients. The final touch? Add milk!

Glazed Lavender Sugar Cookies

These cut-out sugar cookies are dipped in a glaze before being decorated wth a piping bag and homemade buttercream frosting. Molly flavors them with lavendar but if you don't have any on hand you can skip it &mdash you'll still end up with an absolutely wonderful treat.

Everything Sugar Cookie (Dough!)

Salty or sweet? Look no further because this recipe calls for toffee, pretzels, and potato chips: the best of both worlds!

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are the chewiest you will find, and they're gluten free to boot! Rather than subbing all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend, we used instant pudding mix (and rice and coconut flours) to give these cookies their gooey texture. You can even swap out vanilla for your own favorite pudding flavor, such as chocolate or caramel. The dough is equally ideal for making large rolled cookies or cutouts.

3-in-1 Sugar Cookies

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Whether you choose to make rolled, cut-outs, or sliced, this versatile cookie recipe can single-handily tackle them all!

Buttercream Instead of Royal Icing

My friend over at All Projects Great & Small and I bonded over our hate for decorated sugar cookies. We both went on a sugar cookie decorating frenzy trying to master the art of royal icing. In the end, we decided it was for the birds. Those intricate royal icing cookies…now I know why they charge $5 per cookie. They are worth every penny and probably much more.

So for now, I forget about the royal icing and just simply use my buttercream icing. I quite like the simplicity of the buttercream on the sugar cookie and it tastes delicious.

Here are a few ideas to decorate with buttercream icing. After baking the Christmas cookies, I added cornstarch to my recipe and kept the cookies to 1/4″ thickness. You can really tell the difference in the sharpness of the edges.

The best sugar cookie recipe

As a dedicated baker and recipe reader, you're always looking for "the best," right?

The best recipe for sandwich bread. For brownies. For sourdough waffles, and apple pie, and golden cake with chocolate frosting. After all, why waste your time, effort, and money on anything less than the very best?

Problem is, "best" is very subjective, when it comes to baking. Is "the best" brownie cakey and light, or dense and chewy? Do you prefer your pancakes thin and crisp around the edges, or thick and fluffy? One baker's success can be the next baker's abject failure.

Because sugar cookies are a perennial American favorite, I recently embarked on a quest to identify the best sugar cookie recipe on our web site. Starting with our nine basic sugar cookie recipes (yes, nine BASIC recipes), I baked, tested suggested variations, and sampled sugar cookies. I looked at texture, flavor, size, and shape.

It turned out to be quite a job. Several of the recipes suggested two or even three variations, and I tested them all. Suffice it to say my neighbors, friends, family, and the guys at the car repair store down the street have all had their fill of sugar cookies for the time being.

But it was totally worth it. You know why? Because now I can say, with authority, that THIS recipe produces a chewy/tender cookie with balanced sugar cookie flavor and THIS recipe, a thin/crisp cookie with pronounced butter flavor.

Now, rather than tell you which of the seven* sugar cookie recipes on our recipe site is The Best Ever – I'll simply describe them to you, and let you choose. Sound good? And then, you can tell me which one sounds best to YOU by commenting below. Maybe we actually WILL come up with a people's choice Best Sugar Cookie!

*Due to close similarity with other recipes, I eliminated two of the original nine along the way.

When you want a please-everyone cookie.

Recipe: Sugar Cookies
Known for: their all-around versatility. I'd term this the quintessential All-American sugar cookie.
Texture: Crisp edges, softer center.

Tip: This is our "guaranteed" sugar cookie recipe. Which means. We've identified core recipes on our site (deemed "favorite classics") that we feel best represent the most common treats people bake: chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, fudge brownies, sticky buns, etc.

This recipe suggests three variations. I prefer the original (far left), which produces a cookie with some body, though without becoming unpleasingly cake-like.

The corn syrup cookies are flatter and very slightly chewy, though I wouldn't call them a chewy cookie by any means. Those made with cream cheese are smaller/taller, more like little nuggets than cookies. Their texture is soft and fairly dry.

When you want a tender, buttery cookie perfect for holding an imprint.

Recipe: Shortbread
Known for: Wonderfully buttery flavor.
Texture: Dense without being heavy tender and crisp, with a touch of crumbliness.

Tip: Shortbread doesn't have to be baked in a shortbread pan. Despite how it's always pictured, it's just as tasty baked as a simple drop cookie. If you do decide to make drop cookies, though, shortbread's a wonderful candidate for a cookie stamp – with no leavening, it holds a pattern beautifully.

Don't have a cookie stamp? Look around the kitchen for something else that might imprint a pretty pattern: here I'm using the business end of my Cuisinart food processor's pusher.

When you want the perfect cookie-cutter cookie.

Recipe: Holiday Butter Cookies
Known for: Rich flavor, especially with the addition of Fiori di Sicilia easy rolling.
Texture: Crisp, ultra-light roll them thin enough and they feel practically weightless!

Tip: Roll the dough 1/8" thick for super-light (though somewhat fragile) cookies roll 1/4" thick for sturdier cookies, better able to withstand the rigors of travel.

We originally had two recipes for cutout sugar cookies on our site. After baking both side by side, I eliminated one as redundant – and slightly inferior. Although the two tasted exactly the same, note how #3 held its shape better than #7. The dough for #3 was also easier to handle. So long, #7!

When you want a super-crunchy cookie without a hint of softness.

Recipe: Vanilla Dreams
Known for: Baker's ammonia, a "secret ingredient" that yields super-light/ethereally crunchy texture.
Texture: Incredibly light/crunchy possibly the crunchiest cookies you've ever enjoyed.

Tip: If you don't have baker's ammonia, the recipe suggests a baking powder substitution. Understand the texture won't be quite as light/crunchy, though the cookies will still be delightful.

When you want an attractive crackle-top cookie using self-rising flour.

Recipe: Self-Rising Crunchy Sugar Cookies
Known for: Ease of preparation with self-rising flour, you're able to skip the steps of adding baking powder and salt.
Texture: Nicely crunchy to sturdy/hard, depending on your choice of fat.

Tip: The directions give two options for the fat in this cookie: butter, and vegetable shortening. Use shortening for a puffier/thicker cookie whose texture is a bit hard, rather than crunchy butter for a flatter cookie with a bit more flavor, and lighter/crunchier texture.

Why the difference? Butter's melting point is lower than shortening's.

Cookies rely partially on fat for their structure. The lower the melting temperature of the fat, the sooner that fat melts. The sooner the fat melts, the quicker the cookies spread, and the flatter they become.

When you want a big cookie with great flavor.

Recipe: Vanilla Sugar Cookies
Known for: Size large enough to sell as a stand-alone item at bake sales.
Texture: Somewhere in between soft and sturdy firm rather than crunchy.

Tip: This cookie's a great example of the depth of flavor you get from adding just a touch of almond extract and ground nutmeg to the ubiquitous vanilla extract. Those three flavors together yield a taste that goes beyond simply sweet.

When you want a gluten-free sugar cookie.

Recipe: Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Known for: Versatility – make simple drop cookies, or roll the dough and cut it with cutters for something fancier.
Texture: As a drop cookie, soft and tender. As a cutout cookie, firm.

Tip: Bookmark this recipe for those occasions when you need a fancy treat for your favorite gluten-free friend or family member. Prepared as cutout cookies and iced/decorated, they're quite festive!

So, now that you've taken the tour, which sugar cookie would you choose as "best"? Please tell us in "comments," below.


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 &ndash 4 tablespoons water
  • Assorted colors paste food coloring (optional)

In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the 1/2 cup water and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add the 2 to 4 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make an icing of spreading consistency. If desired, divide icing into individual bowls and tint with paste food coloring.

Roll it out and cut shapes

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The dough will be very hard when it first comes out of the fridge, so let it sit on the counter to get warm for 15 to 20 minutes. Spread some flour onto a cutting board and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Using cookie cutters, cut some shapes from the dough. Set the dough around the shapes off to the side, then use a metal spatula to remove from the board. Place then on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the remainder of the dough and repeat this process until the dough is too small and you can't cut any more shapes.

Best Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • additional sugar, for rolling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, butter, oil, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and vanilla in the order listed, mixing well after each addition. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls (the dough will be crumbly, but it should come together and hold a ball nicely) roll in additional granulated sugar.
  3. Arrange the balls 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Dip glass in water before dipping into sugar so that the sugar will adhere to the bottom of the glass.

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'Best sugar cookies ever': Great-great-grandmother's recipe handed down for 5 generations

It's a sweet recipe that's been handed down through one family for over a century.

Samantha Black's great-great-grandmother, Lewellyn Kerstetter, was born in 1889 in Pennsylvania and raised four daughters on her own during the Great Depression, supporting her family by working as a typesetter and a soda fountain server, in addition to holding other odd jobs. Kerstetter, whose grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Germany, was also one of eight children and loved taking care of her family members — especially cooking and baking for them.

From Kerstetter's kitchen came a sugar cookie recipe that's been handed down over five generations. Black recently shared her great-great-grandmother's famous recipe on the Old_Recipes subreddit, giving her fellow Redditors a chance to test out a tried-and-true holiday recipe from her family.

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Because of COVID-19–related travel restrictions, Black said she won't be seeing her parents and sister this holiday season. But sharing comments on her Reddit post from others who have made her family's cookie recipe has been an unexpected way to connect with her mother during the pandemic.

As I planned my own Christmas baking schedule, I decided to give Black's family recipe a try, to see if these sugar cookies are truly Santa-worthy.

Kerstetter's cookies are made from basic sugar cookie ingredients, with cream of tartar going into the mix of flour, sugar, eggs and oil. After mixing up some batter and refrigerating it for a full day, my cookies were ready to bake.

This dough rolls out smoothly and bakes in just eight minutes on 350 F. I decorated my cookies with holiday sprinkles prior to baking, but these firm-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside delights would be perfect for decorating with icing, too.

The flavor of the cookies is buttery and sweet, and warm from the oven, my kids could not get enough of them.

The verdict? We'll definitely be leaving great-great-grandma Kerstetter's cookies out for the man in red at our house this Christmas Eve.

Black said she's thrilled that so many Redditors love her cookies — but she's not surprised.

"My family has always been about sharing this recipe, as we all really feel they're the best sugar cookies ever," she said. "I thought a few people might enjoy making them and perhaps could start new traditions for their holidays — something about sugar cookies is so quintessentially Christmas."

"I didn’t expect so many people to want to try them," Black added, "but looking back I am not that surprised, as they really are a damn good cookie."

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The tiny Pacific island of Samoa has been plunged into crisis after its new prime minister, who has pledged to scrap a $100 million port deal with China, was locked out of parliament this week amid a bitter dispute over the election result. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, the opposition leader set to become Samoa’s first female prime minister after a knife-edge victory in April’s poll, could dent China’s growing influence in the strategic region, if allowed to take office. But the future of her government hangs in the balance after she was forced to opt for a makeshift swearing-in ceremony in a tent after Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the incumbent prime minister, refuse to cede power. Both leaders have accused each other of staging a bloodless coup, with Mr Tuilaepa, the world’s second longest serving prime minster, charging that his opponent is guilty of “treason” for going ahead with the ceremony. On Thursday, Samoa’s attorney-general said she would try to have the ad hoc swearing in of Ms Fiame’s Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party declared “unconstitutional and unlawful” in a Supreme Court hearing. The outcome of the dispute will be closely watched by Beijing and by Washington and its regional allies New Zealand and Australia.


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