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Grandma's Christmas Sugar Cookies

If you’ve been looking for an easy Christmas sugar cookie recipe, look no further! These soft, buttery cookies will be a new favorite holiday treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 97 kcal


  • 1 stick salted butter softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cup 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 a 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 from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set 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 in the oven at 350 degrees F 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 cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to continue cooling. 


Sodium: 78mgCalcium: 5mgVitamin A: 115IUSugar: 8gFiber: 1gPotassium: 17mgCholesterol: 19mgCalories: 97kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 3gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 15gIron: 1mg