Christmas Sugar Cookies are such a nice way to sweeten up your holiday spirit. The cookies are festive, soft and buttery, with delicious vanilla notes.
Since we are already in December, it’s time to bring you cookie recipes that are Christmas themed. We love this time of the year, and making a delicious dessert during this season is what we love the most.
Best Christmas Sugar Cookies
Christmas Sugar Cookies should be mandatory on everyone’s menu during the holiday season, they are so festive and good! The recipe is very simple with basic ingredients. Also, the dough is easy to roll and work with, and the icing is ready in no time. When you first make the dough, it will be a bit sticky and hard to work with, so we recommend chilling it before it is rolled out. Even though this might sound unnecessary and painful, chilling the dough is worth the step.
We have tried this recipe without chilling the dough first and decided that it is not as good. In addition, chilling it will make the dough very easy to manage and roll it out, and the cookies will always have sharp and defined edges. So refrigerating it for about an hour will yield a great result.
We have used some red and green gel food coloring to bring the Christmas spirit and colors in them. As a result, you have the most amazing and cute Sugar Cookies you can ask for.
What are Christmas Sugar Cookies made of?
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring
What is the best thickness for sugar cookies?
To have tender and buttery sugar cookies, we recommend you roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Also, it is important you keep the thickness uniform, so when baking they cook evenly.
Do I have to chill the dough?
Can the dough be made in advance?
How long do I cook the Christmas Sugar Cookies?
Do you put sprinkles on them before or after baking?
For this Christmas Sugar Cookies, we decided to let them naked aka to not decorate all of them. We already colored them with red, green and white color, and they look festive and adorable enough. However, if you decide to put some sprinkles on them, we recommend you add sprinkles after baking.
How long will the Christmas Sugar Cookies stay fresh?
The cookies will stay fresh at room temperature for about 5-6 days.
How to freeze them
- First, cool the cookies completely and fully wrap them in plastic wrap, tightly.
- After that, wrap in aluminum foil or add to freezer bags.
- Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Defrost before serving.
More Classic Christmas desserts:
- Sugar Cookie Truffles
- Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
- Gingerbread Recipe
- Neon Sugar Cookies with an easy icing
- Christmas Punch
- Brownie Peppermint Cheesecake
- Reindeer Noses
- When cutting the cookies, make sure to cut them as close as possible so you get as many cookies as possible from the rolled dough. You will have to re-roll the leftover dough to remake new cookies.
- Also, if you are looking for thinner, crispier sugar cookies then roll cookie dough thinner. You can go with about 1/8″ or 1/7”. If making them thinner, ensure not to overcook them. The cookies should be done just when the edges start to turn golden brown.
- If desired, you can add some sprinkle or icing to them. For icing instruction, check out the Neon Chocolate Sugar Cookies.
- When rolling the dough, it’s important you maintain the same thickness of about 1/4 inch thick. This is done so the cookies are cooked evenly and uniformly.
- The gel food coloring adds a festive touch, but it can be skipped, without altering the recipe.
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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe Video:
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 1 hr 25 mins
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or almond extract)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/4 teaspoon green gel food coloring (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring (optional)
Prepare Sugar Cookies Dough:
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined.
Next, with the mixer on low speed, add flour mix gradually, and beat until fully combined.
Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and place into 3 bowl. Add red gel food coloring to one of the bowl, green to another and leave the third one uncolored.
Either using a mixer or a spatula, combine the gel food coloring with the dough, until smooth and the color is evenly distributed. Roll the dough from each bowl into a ball and press into a thick disk.
Wrap each dough disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Roll and Bake the Sugar Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover two baking cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Cover a flat surface with WAXED paper (no flour). Remove the chilled dough from the fridge. Using your fingers, break pieces of dough (about 1-2 inches big) from each disk and distribute on the prepared waxed paper, close to each other, about 1/2 - 1 inch distance between the pieces. Alternate between colors, and try to form a rectangle with the broken dough pieces.
Cover the pieces with waxed paper, using a rolling pin, roll it over the dough pieces, and form a flat rectangle, and make sure it's about 1/4 inch thick.
Remove the top waxed paper, and use cookie cutters to cut desired forms and shapes. Then transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, leave 1 1 1/2 inches distance between cookies.
Place the cookies in the freezer or refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill. This will help maintaining the shape while baking.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven at 350 degrees F, or until golden color.
If desired, after the cookies have been fully cooled, decorate with icing.