Best Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe (2024)

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Get ready for the holiday baking season! It's time to bring out my all-time favorite Christmas cut out cookie recipe.

Trust me, this is the ultimate Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe you'll ever come across and you can make it in advance and freeze it for when you have time to bake.

Plus, these sugar cookies are a perfect cookie exchange recipe.

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Christmas is just a few days away but you have plenty of time to bake a batch of these Christmas Sugar Cookies and decorate them with your favorite cookie frosting recipe.

Not only does this sugar cookie recipe make the ultimate soft and tender Christmas cookies for decorating with frosting.

It is also a freezable cookie dough recipe so you can mix up a couple of batches of the cookie dough and stick them in the freezer for when you have time to bake and decorate your Christmas sugar cookies.

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Christmas isn't the only time this best Sugar Cookie recipe can be used. Any time you need the perfect rolled sugar cookie recipe for birthday parties, tea parties or any time you feel like decorating cookies.

This recipe will make 36-48 cookies. I made a combination of 2 inch and 3 inch Christmas cookies and ended up with 36 cookies. If you are making 2 inch cookies you will end up with more than 48 cookies from this batch of Sugar Cookie dough.

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Ingredients

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  • softened butter
  • powdered sugar
  • light corn syrup
  • vanilla extract or almond extract
  • large egg
  • salt
  • water
  • unbleached all purpose flour

Directions

  1. Cream the butter, sugar and corn syrup together in the bowl of a (affiliate link) stand mixer.
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract and salt.
  3. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and water together then add to the mixer bowl.
  4. Add the flour to the mixer bowl and beat on low until combined.
  5. Scrap the bowl and beat on medium until the cookie dough is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide in half.
  7. Form each half of dough into a ball, place the ball into a plastic bag and flatten into a disk.
  8. Place both disks of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least and hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 F. degrees.
  10. Roll the chilled dough out to ⅛-1/4 an inch thickness. Cut cookies out with your favorite cookie cutters.
  11. Gently place each cookie onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  12. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  13. Decorate as desired.
  14. Makes about 36-48 cookies.

Recipe Tips

  • Always use completely softened butter when creaming butter and sugar together for cookie dough.
  • Don't over beat the cookie dough.
  • Use a well floured cookie cutter when making the cut out cookies.
  • Don't over dust your surface with flour when rolling out the dough.
  • Chill the dough well before trying to roll out the dough.
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Best Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face

The holiday baking season is upon us and it is time to pull out my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. This is the Best Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe you will every make. Christmas is just a few days away but you have plenty of time to bake a batch of these Christmas Sugar Cookies and decorate them with your favorite cookie frosting recipe.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 8 minutes mins

Total Time 18 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 48 cookies

Calories 91 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour

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Instructions

  • Cream the butter, sugar and corn syrup together in the bowl of a stand mixer.

  • Beat in the vanilla extract and salt.

  • In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and water together then add to the mixer bowl.

  • Add the flour to the mixer bowl and beat on low until combined.

  • Scrape the bowl and beat on medium until the cookie dough is smooth, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove the dough from the bowl and divide in half.

  • Form each half of dough into a ball, place the ball into a plastic bag and flatten into a disk.

  • Place both disks of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least and hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. degrees.

  • Roll the chilled dough out to ⅛-1/4 an inch thickness. Cut cookies out with your favorite cookie cutters.

  • Gently place each cookie onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.

  • Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.

  • Decorate as desired.

Recipe Expert Tips

  • Always use completely softened butter when creaming butter and sugar together for cookie dough.
  • Don't over beat the cookie dough.
  • Use a well floured cookie cutter when making the cut out cookies.
  • Don't over dust your surface with flour when rolling out the dough.
  • Chill the dough well before trying to roll out the dough.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Plain CookieCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 123IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg

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About Arlene Mobley

Arlene Mobley author of Flour On My Face-a Food & Lifestyle website helping busy families get dinner on the table by serving easy recipes every week.

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Comments

  1. Sarah

    Are these crisp or chewy cookies? We like chewy!

    Reply

    • Arlene Mobley

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      Hi Sarah These are chewy sugar cookies as long as they are not over baked. Remove them from the oven as soon as you see the edges turn a light golden color.

      Reply

  2. Mariana

    Is it supposed to look like cake batter? I hope this turns out right. I have it in the freezer now. Finger crossed this goes right.

    Reply

    • Arlene Mobley

      Mariana

      Hope the recipe turned out well. The batter is very thick.

      Reply

  3. Kelly @ Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats

    And I love how my phone autocorrected Kelly to Jelly ??

    Reply

    • Arlene Mobley

      LOL that auto correct can be a pain!

      Reply

  4. Kelly @ Jelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats

    These sound yummy!! Pinned! I might have to squeeze in time to bake a batch of these for Christmas! Xoxo

    Reply

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