Christmas Cookies {Cookie Recipe}

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I wanted to share with you my favorite Christmas sugar cookie recipe of all time.

Its sinful.  Its outrageous.  Its just plain delicious.

BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

Christmas Cookies {Cookie Recipe}


  • 1-½ cup Butter (I use unsalted)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder


  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
  4. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.
  6. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.
  7. Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.

BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

And not to be ignored, the best glaze icing you will ever find paired with a sugar cookie. (This recipe can be used the exact same way you would use royal icing, but does not ever harden quite as hard as royal icing and the tastes a bit different.  Try Bridget’s royal icing recipe if you want to try a wonderful tradition royal icing!  Or just check her out, she just got back from The Pioneer Woman’s ranch.. she gave cookie decorating tutorials to Ree and pals!)

Amanda’s Awesome Icing

  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar (powder Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 drop Lemon Juice (fresh Or Processed)-this is optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup

*Also optional is any additional flavorings… peppermint, strawberry, vanilla, almond extract just to name a few!

Combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl.  The consistency should be very think and hard to stir.  Now read the following directions to make your icing perfect for decorating cookies!

******This next step is important!******If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, use LESS milk.

Just a drop at a time. If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or ’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need) to make your frosting very runny.

If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same.

If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.

If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk. This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

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I also offer a tutorial on decorating a sugar cookie here.

Just in case you are wondering what the heck are all those weird red and white cookies?  Well my friends, these were for me!  I love simple holiday designs, and a classic red and white theme is no exception.

I just really wanted to make a set of cookies that represented the holidays for me.

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As the saying goes, I believe Jesus is the reason for the season!

BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

No go forth and bake.  Lots and lots of cookies.  And maybe even a cake or two.

And for the record, I am always available for taste testing consultations. 😉


LA Times cookie contest update!

Thanks to all your votes and support, my sugar cookie recipe was named a winner!

BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

(This was a fun font to try and replicate in frosting… its sure not forgiving!)

Out of around 80,000 votes and 50 top placing recipes, ten were picked and tested in the LA Times test kitchen.

And mine was one of them!! (Read about it here)

If you live in the LA area or receive the LA Times, feel free to check out the Food section on Dec. 16th, where the winners will be posted! (Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there because I am vacationing in Florida)




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  1. says

    Thank you, thank you! Every year I have made a Pillsbury sugar cookie dough for our cutouts, but couldn’t find the recipe this year. We loved it so much too. On Monday when I was baking I figured I was going to have to find another tried and true… and I definitely trust your recipes!

  2. says

    Oh, I just love love that little baby Jesus cookie!!
    I’m not brave enough to make cookies from scratch (at least not to send to the kiddos’ classes, ha!), but I will be making some of your royal icing tonight to decorate some refrigerated sugar cookies. I love how easy it is!

  3. says

    Girl, I am SOOO stinkin’ proud of you!!! Congratulations, you totally deserve it.
    I am so glad you posted this recipe, I will be giving it a try this week!! Thanks!! 😉

  4. Ragina says

    I love them!
    Do you have a cream cheese icing that get hard?
    what kind of food coloring did you use? thats a beautiful red, I can never get a pretty red with out using a whole bottle of Wilton no-taste red

  5. says

    Congrats on your sugar cookie recipe winning!!! I will have to give your recipe a try. :) I am always up for baking cookies! LOL Blessings to you my friend!!

  6. says

    AMANDA!!! Way to go, girl!!! You SO deserve to win! That recipe sound so god….with the butter, of course, but also with the eggs AND egg yolks. i bet they are the prettiest cookies….even plain.
    Love, love, love the red and white. LOVE!
    PS…thank you for the sweet shout-out! You *shouldn’t* have!

  7. says

    Every year I make a different sugar cookie recipe looking for a great one. SO excited to try this!! Also, like so many others – love the red ornaments!!

  8. says

    I’m fairly new to your blog, but am really enjoying it. Just a thought if you do any tech improvements: it would be lovely to click a link and get a printable size of the recipe. Thanks!

  9. says

    Amanda-CONGRATS to you and so well deserved. You are so talented! I love the minimalistic design and two color combo of these cookies. Nice job.
    I can’t wait to try the recipe!


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