November 10, 2023Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- Sugar Christmas Cookie Recipe Ingredients
- Substitutions And Additions
- How To Make Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Sugar Cookies Finishings
- How To Serve The Best Christmas Sugar Cookies
- How To Store These Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies
- Why We Love This Recipe
- Sugar Cookie Christmas FAQs
- More Recipes You’ll Love
- JUMP TO RECIPE
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Everyone will love these wonderfully soft, festive, and easy Christmas sugar cookies! Make a batch of this sugar cookie dough, sprinkle the cookie dough balls in colorful sanding sugars, then sit back and enjoy the cozy smell of cookies baking.
Sugar Christmas Cookie Recipe Ingredients
Grandma’s sugar cookies are a fun treat with a rich, creamy texture made from simple pantry staples.
They are finished with a festive touch of red and green sanding sugars, making them a perfect, nostalgic treat for any occasion, especially during the holidays.
- ½ cup of salted butter, softened
- 2 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 1½ cups of granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of almond extract
- 2½ cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Red and green sanding sugars
Substitutions And Additions
SANDING SUGAR: Sanding sugar in red and green colors is very easy to find around the holiday season.
Check the Christmas baking displays in your grocery store, but you should also be able to find these colorful sugars in the regular baking aisle any time of the year.
ALMOND EXTRACT: Some people strongly dislike the flavor of almond extract. If that is you, then feel free to leave this ingredient out of the cookies.
This extract is very strong, so only a small amount is used in the sugar cookie recipe, giving it a delicious and subtle hint of almond flavor.
FROSTING: Although these easy Christmas sugar cookies are perfectly sweet themselves, you can frost them if you wish.
One cute idea is to use white frosting to pipe bows, stars, and other decorations onto the sugar-dusted cookies to make them look like Christmas ornaments.
CHRISTMAS TREE: Pile sugar cookies that have been sprinkled with green sanding sugars onto a large platter to form the shape of a Christmas tree.
Arrange cookies with the red sanding sugar on the cookie tree to look like ornaments.
You can even have one cookie sprinkled with yellow sanding sugar to represent a star at the top of the tree.
What a beautiful table centerpiece for a holiday dinner; nothing better than edible décor!
How To Make Grandma’s Sugar Cookies
We will show you how to make these super soft sugar cookies with our step-by-step instructions.
STEP ONE: In a large bowl, add the butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract.
Using an electric mixer, beat the ingredients together until light and fluffy, about four to five minutes.
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Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with any lumps in your soft cookies.
STEP TWO: Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
Turn the hand mixer to low speed and combine the ingredients just until a soft dough forms.
STEP THREE: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for two hours.
This is a fantastic cookie dough to make ahead! The dough can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours after you make it and then baked when you are ready.
Or form the dough into a ball, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, place it in a zip-top freezer bag, and freeze for up to three months.
Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then form the dough balls and bake as directed.
STEP FOUR: Once the dough has been chilled for two hours, remove it from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350°F.
STEP FIVE: Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to portion the dough, and use your hands to roll the dough into 1-inch balls.
Place the dough balls on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, at least one inch apart.
STEP SIX: Using a fork, make a crisscross pattern pressing down lightly into the cookie dough.
STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle the top of each cookie with green or red sugar.
STEP EIGHT: Bake in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes. Be sure not to overcook these cookies.
They should not brown on the edges at all. You want them to be soft, and they should look a bit undercooked when you pull them out of the oven.
Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
STEP NINE: Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before removing them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Christmas Sugar Cookies Finishings
These sugar cookies are slightly too soft to cut with cookie cutters. We do have a great no-spread sugar cookie recipe that would be great to cut into shapes.
If you prefer to decorate the cookies, check out our sugar cookie icing recipe.
How To Serve The Best Christmas Sugar Cookies
These soft sugar cookies are perfect for holiday snacking, a Christmas party, a Christmas cookie exchange, or giving as gifts.
Serve them alongside our Christmas punch.
Speaking of simple homemade recipes for the holidays, these M&M pretzel hugs are really easy, tasty, and absolutely adorable!
We’re also big fans of this Christmas Chex mix for a holiday movie night snack.
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How To Store These Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies
Here are some handy tips on how to store your homemade treats:
MAKE AHEAD: If you want to get a head start on your holiday baking, you can make the cookie dough ahead of time.
Simply prepare the dough as instructed in the recipe, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to two days.
When you’re ready to bake, let the dough come to room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before scooping and baking your cookies.
IN THE FRIDGE: Keep the Christmas sugar cookies in an airtight container with a lid or in a zip-top bag. Refrigerate for up to five days.
IN THE FREEZER: Freeze these classic sugar cookies in zip-top freezer bags for up to three months, then simply thaw before serving.
Why We Love This Recipe
HOMEMADE NOSTALGIA: These cookies capture the essence of homemade baking, evoking warm and nostalgic feelings of grandma’s kitchen.
CREAMY TEXTURE: The combination of softened butter and cream cheese creates a luscious, creamy texture that makes each bite irresistibly decadent and satisfying.
FESTIVE APPEAL: With the addition of red and green sanding sugars, these cookies are not only delicious but also visually appealing, making them the perfect treat for special occasions.
If you’ve been looking for the best sugar cookie recipe around, look no further! These soft, buttery cookies will be a new favorite holiday treat. From scratch, easy Christmas sugar cookies are so easy to make that you’ll be enjoying them with a mug of hot chocolate before you know it!
Sugar Cookie Christmas FAQs
The dough for Grandma’s sugar cookies can be frozen for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and bake as directed.
This simple recipe needs to be chilled for at least a couple of hours to ensure the cookies bake up nice and soft and don’t spread too much on your cookie sheet.
These cookies are slightly too soft to be the best too choice for cutting out shapes.
These cookies can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for three months.
Adding both eggs and cream cheese to cookie dough will give you moist and chewy cookies.
Giving your cookie dough time to chill in the refrigerator will help the cookies to keep their shape. Starting to bake your cookies when the dough is at a lower temperature will prevent them from spreading.
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Best Christmas Sugar Cookies
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- red and green sanding sugars
- In a large bowl, add butter, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Using a hand mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Turn the hand mixer to low speed and combine the ingredients until a soft dough forms.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Once the dough has been chilled for 2 hours, remove it from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to portion the dough and use your hands to roll into 1-inch dough balls. Place the balls on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, at least 1 inch apart.
- Using a fork make a criss cross pattern pressing down lightly into the cookie dough.
- Sprinkle sugar with green or red sugar.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Make sure not to overcook these cookies. They should not brown on the edges at all. You want them to be soft, and they should look a bit undercooked when you pull them out of the oven.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with any lumps in your soft cookies.
- This is a fantastic cookie dough to make ahead! The dough can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours after you make it, then baked when you are ready. Or form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a zip-top freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then form the dough balls and bake as directed.
- Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cookies at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
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