• Christmas Cookies {Cookie Recipe}

    filed under: Sugar Cookies on December 15, 2010

    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}


    • Prep Time:15m
    • Cook Time:45m
    • Total Time:1h
    • Yield: 36 small-medium cookies


    • 1 1/2 c (3 sticks or 339g) unsalted butter
    • 2 c (400g) granulated sugar
    • 2 whole eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
    • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
    • 4 c (512g) all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. baking powder


    1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
    2. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until well combined.
    3. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
    4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture with the stand mixer on low speed.
    5. Mix until just combined. The dough should start to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it doesn't, you may need a little more flour.
    6. 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.

    Amanda’s Awesome Icing


        • 1 c Confectioners Sugar (powder Sugar)
        • 1 tbsp. Milk
        • 1 drop Lemon Juice (fresh Or Processed)-this is optional
        • 1 tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
        • *Also optional is any additional flavorings... peppermint, strawberry, vanilla, almond extract just to name a few!


        1. 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!
        2. ******This next step is important!******If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, use LESS milk.
        3. 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.
        4. 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.
        5. If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.
        6. If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk. This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.

        BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

        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.

        BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe!

        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.


        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!)

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

        And my Christmas Cookie was one of them!! (Read about it here)


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        Hooray for you! I have been looking for someone who doesn’t use royal frosting to ice her cookies! I know that royal frosting lasts a long time but the taste of that nasty powdered egg stuff grosses me out. So glad to see you use glaze instead. Gives me confidence. Love your site- especially the servant part.
        Blessings to you,
        Michelle in Central CA

        These cookies got RAVE reviews! They took some time, but the process was easy, and now I have sent multiple people to your site. I think its the extracts that make it…and the butter doesn’t hurt =)

        OMG these cookies are amazing!! made them and everybody loved! well, I made them again…the dough…havent baked yet, but I mistakenly used salted butter, not unsalted. I dont think it’ll make much of a difference…I hope…just added less salt…. what do you think?

        How many cookies (guestimate, since cookie size vary, lets say a medium square) will the recipe make? Thanks

        I’m really sorry if this is a stupid question but is it a half cup of butter or one and a half cups of butter?

        Thanks! I love your recipes (even though mine NEVER look as good as yours LOL)

          It is 1 and 1/2 cup. (3 sticks) (3/4 pound)

        Thank you so much for sharing this recipe…its a family favorite!
        Question…..can I bake ahead and freeze unfrosted? I want to get a jumpstart on my daughters birthday party and that seemed like a logical way to save time.

        Do you have any valentine day decorated cookies or for breast cancer? Thank you linda

        These really are the best Christmas cookies ever. They are amazing! Not only do they taste delicious but the dough is super easy to work with. I’ve never had my cookies come out so perfectly.

        Hi what is the amount of butter in grams?

          a cup of butter = 454 g
          1/2 cup = 227 g
          1/4 cup = 113 g

        Can I leave out the almond extract? Would I need to add extra vanilla? My husband dont care much for it. Thank you!

        My favorite Christmas/Holiday cookie is a cookie recipe I grew up making with my aunt! They simply were chocolate covered Oreo pops which we decorated with sprinkles! I’ve continued this tradition with my little cousins and kids I nanny!!

        I made these cookies yesterday and they are delicious! When cooked, they spread a little more than I expected. Any ideas as to what could’ve caused them to flatten?

        Hi. Can this recipe be cut in half and still turn out properly? Thanks!


        Can I use salted butter

        I love seeing all the beautiful displays of your hard work. I am amazed how you are able to make it look effortless. I love the videos. My question is at the end of the recipe there is the word print. When I try to print the recipe I can see it when I preview it but then the page will change and be blank and no matter what I do the recipe cannot be printed. Why does this happen? If I am not allowed to print recipe why does it say PRINT. Thank you for responding to this email.

        How long can the prepared dough be kept in the fridge?

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