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Popular Christmas Cookies

Red & Green Delight

Christmas M&M Cookies

Christmas M&M Cookies are cookies that are loaded with red and green colored M&M’s to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you in the holiday spirit! Try my Old Fashioned Monster Cookies recipe for another cookie full of candy-covered chocolate.  Christmas M&M Cookies The holiday season is all about treats, especially cookies! When any recipe…

Christmas Meringue Cookies

These festive cookies are one of the easiest you’ll ever make and always make a beautiful presentation on your table! If you love meringue cookies, you will definitely want to try this festive version! Christmas Meringue Cookies I have been wanting to try a meringue cookie forever now… I never have before! If there is…

Mitten Cookies

A fun, festive Christmas cookie! These Basket Weave Mitten Cookies are a soft and crispy sugar cookie perfect for the holidays and your next cookie exchange! I love to make these cookies for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Folks love the flavor and the design! Sugar Cookie Mitten Cookies Christmas is right around the corner so…

Best Sugar Cookie Recipes

If you want to make sure your Christmas Cookies turn out PERFECT, try following these simple guidelines.

Sifting Dry Ingredients – Sift dry ingredients like flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Getting air into them helps make for fluffier cookies. To sift, simply combine your dry ingredients and pour into in a fine-mesh strainer. Tap or shake the strainer until everything’s in your bowl. Even if sifting is not called for, you can whisk the dry ingredients for 30 seconds to fully combine.

Creaming Butter and Sugar – Unlike stirring or mixing, creaming isn’t about combining ingredients, it’s about aerating them. Creaming creates air pockets that expand in the oven, making the dough tender. When you add sugar, that process is more effective. Sugar crystals are formed and the air is efficiently added to the butter and sugar mixture. Butter beats up fluffiest at room temperature, or when slightly softened.

Eggs – Eggs should be added at room temperature. They add moisture to the air pockets and flavor to the dough. To quickly warm eggs, place them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. After the eggs have been added you should also add the vanilla extract or sometimes milk (also room temperature) if the recipe calls for it.

Our favorite thing to bake is cookies and we spend lots of time mastering each recipe. For instance, my daughter’s favorite cookie is a decorated sugar cookie (recipe below) and the recipe we use is now absolute perfection. You don’t need to chill the dough (how amazing is that?!?!) and the cookies turn out perfect every time.

We used to cover the cookies with my famous Glaze Icing, but have switched to buttercream in the last few years. The buttercream frosting is a bit easier for their little hands and they love creating all the red, green, and yellow colors to decorate with! We love to do traditional colors like red and green as well as fun colors like pinks and pale blues!

Here is the Sugar Cookie recipe I talked about above. It’s a winner!

They are simple, but important!

Christmas Cookies (Sugar Cookies)

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
These are the perfect sugar cookies to make at Christmas! No chilling and easy rolling as well as the perfect flavor! Everyone loves this classic cookie!


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick Almond Extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups (360g) all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Add butter to the bowl of your stand mixer and cream on medium-high for 1-2 minutes, or until butter is smooth and lighter in color.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the sugar and then the egg.
  • Scrape the bowl with the mixer off.
  • Turn mixer back on low and add in extracts.
  • Allow all ingredients to combine fully.
  • Add the baking powder and then the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Remove bowl from mixer and drop dough onto a floured countertop. Roll out into a flat disc, about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cutout cookies into Christmas inspired shapes and bake at 350°F for 6-9 minutes.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Frost with buttercream or glaze icing.

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