Christmas Sugar Cookies are a festive and easy sugar cookie recipe that is fun to bake and eat! Simple homemade sugar cookie dough is cut into snowflake shapes and then decorated with delicious icing! Perfect for any holiday cookie tray, and so easy to make!
How festive and pretty are these snowflake sugar cookies! Whether you are planning a cookie-making party for the holidays or for a friend’s birthday, you need a sugar cookie recipe that you can rely on.
These cookies taste amazing, keep their shape, and are perfect for eating plain or decorated with frosting and sprinkles.
The texture is medium-soft, but you can bake them longer if you prefer a crisp cookie. This cookie is my absolute favorite, and I have spent many years perfecting it for friends and family.
How to Make Sugar Cookies?
- Mix up the dough
- Roll out the dough into a thin disc
- Cut out desired shapes, can re-roll scraps to get more cookies if desired
- Bake and cool
- Decorate with icing and sprinkles if desired
Cut-out sugar cookies are the quintessential holiday cookie. You’ll find them on all most all dessert trays and in every cookie exchange! There are plenty of different shapes that you can use to cut out your sugar cookies. Try classics such as snowflakes, Christmas trees, or gingerbread men. Of course, any shape that you have on hand would be perfect!
How to Store Sugar Cookies?
You can store decorated or plain classic sugar cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
How to Freeze Sugar Cookies?
To freeze sugar cookies, first, make sure that you allow them to cool completely. Then, stack the cookies in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper. Freeze cookies for up to 2 months. When you are ready to eat them, allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight.
I can’t imagine Christmas without these lovely sugar cookies. These Christmas cookies are so nice and I am sure that you will love them on the first bite. Now, when your holiday preparations are over I can wish you to spend holidays in peace and harmony with your friends and family and enjoy these Christmas sugar cookies! Enjoy!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, (large)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, (measured correctly)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons water or milk
- Christmas sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 °F with a rack in the center. Whisk together flour with baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- Using a stand-up or handheld mixer, beat the butter together with sugar.
- Add vanilla extract and egg to the mixture and beat to combine.
- Add flour in 3 parts until fully incorporated.
- Divide the dough into two equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll into ¼-inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your favorite shapes.
- Bake cookies on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet at 350˚F for 10 minutes, or until the edges are just beginning to turn golden.
- Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, use a fork to beat together all the ingredients
- The mixture should be very thick but still pourable.
- Transfer the icing to a squeeze bottle using a funnel. You can also scoop into a pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip. Before you begin icing any cookies, take a few moments to practice on a piece of parchment paper to get the feel of the icing.
- Holding the bottle or bag tip directly over one corner of a cookie, create lines and dots to enhance the snowflake shape
- If desired, garnish with edible glitter, or sprinkles. Let the icing set before serving.