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These classic Christmas sugar cookies are cute and festive cutouts made with a delicious homemade dough then topped with a made from scratch frosting and sprinkles after baking.
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These fun and festive Christmas sugar cookies are a quick and easy holiday classic that are fun to bake AND eat! A simple homemade sugar cookie dough is cut out into iconic shapes and then decorated with a delicious made from scratch frosting and topped with colorful sprinkles.

You’ll also want to try these bright Christmas pinwheel cookies or our Italian cookies. Grandma’s Christmas sugar cookies are another family favorite we make each year — they have the iconic fork criss cross on top and are sprinkled with red and green sugar!

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CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES INGREDIENTS

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You will need…

For the cookies:

● 2 cups cake flour

●  ½ cup all-purpose flour

●  1 cup sugar

●  ½ cup salted butter, softened

●  1 whole egg + 1 egg white

●  ¼ cup butter flavored shortening, softened

●  1 ½ tsp baking powder

●  ¼ tsp cream of tartar

●  3 tsp vanilla extract

●  ⅓ cup sugar for dusting the top of the cookies after they bake

For the frosting:

● 1 cup salted butter, softened

●  4 cups powdered sugar

●  1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla (or vanilla extract)

●  4-5 tablespoons heavy cream

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VANILLA: You can use clear vanilla for a whiter frosting.

SHORTENING: You can substitute shortening instead of butter for a whiter frosting as well.

GEL COLOR: Use gel food coloring to make rich colored icing for decorating.

DECORATIONS: You can use colored sugar, sprinkles, or nonpareils to decorate.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES RECIPE

For the cookies…

STEP ONE: In a large mixing bowl add the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Whisk together then set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, butter, and shortening. Use a hand mixer to beat together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and the whole egg. Beat together until combined. Add egg white and continue beating until well combined. Turn off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.

STEP THREE: Turn the hand mixer on low and and gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

STEP FOUR: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

STEP FIVE: Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough out on a flat surface to about ½ inch thick. Cut out desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place 6 cookies on one baking sheet, and 6 on another.

STEP SIX: Place one cookie sheet in the oven at a time and cook for 10-12  minutes. You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Let the cookies cool 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet. Place the other baking sheet in the oven and cook.

For the frosting…

STEP ONE: In a medium mixing bowl, beat together 1 cup butter and 4 cups powdered sugar.

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STEP TWO: With the beater turned on, drizzle heavy cream into butter/sugar mixture and beat until fluffy.

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STEP THREE: Add more cream to thin out frosting to a desired spreadable consistency.

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STEP FOUR: Spread frosting onto cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles.

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PRO TIP: If you’re adding sprinkles. be sure to add right away after frosting. If you wait too long, the frosting will dry enough that the sprinkles will not stick as good.

STORAGE

FRIDGE: You can store decorated or plain cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

FREEZER: You can keep decorated or plain cookies in a freezer-safe, airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

FROSTING: You can keep the frosting in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to three months. Just bring to room temperature and mix when you’re ready to use.

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These iconic Christmas sugar cookies are irresistible! A rich, homemade sugar cookie dough is chilled, rolled out, cut into shapes, and baked. After baking, they’re topped with a delicious frosting and decorated with bright sprinkles. You’ll love the sugary sweet flavors, just like grandma used to make.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

5 from 2 votes
These classic Christmas sugar cookies are cute and festive cutouts made with a delicious homemade dough then topped with a made from scratch frosting and sprinkles after baking.
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

For the cookies:

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • 1 whole egg + 1 egg white
  • ¼ cup butter flavored shortening softened
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup sugar for dusting the top of the cookies after they bake

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla or vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl add the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Whisk together then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the sugar, butter, and shortening. Use a hand mixer to beat together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, and the whole egg. Beat together until combined. Add egg white and continue beating until well combined. Turn off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
  • Turn the hand mixer on low and and gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover the mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll the dough out on a flat surface to about ½ inch thick. Cut out desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place 6 cookies on one baking sheet, and 6 on another.
  • Place one cookie sheet in the oven at a time and cook for 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Let the cookies cool 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet. Place the other baking sheet in the oven and cook.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat together 1 cup butter and 4 cups powdered sugar. With the beater turned on, drizzle heavy cream into butter/sugar mixture and beat until fluffy. Add more cream to thin out frosting to desired spreadable consistency. Spread frosting onto cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles.

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Notes

Store unfrosted cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.
Store frosting in the refrigerator up to two weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
Store decorated cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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  1. Andrea says

    So this cookie recipe said add vanilla and almond extract but in the ingredients it doesn’t say how much almond extract.

  2. Gloria says

    5 stars
    These are the perfect Christmas cookies. The kids love decorating them! I give them all kinds of sprinkles and frosting and let them at it!

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