Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies (best sugar cookie recipe)

filed under: Sugar Cookies on December 22, 2010

Home of the ORIGINAL Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookie!!

If you are looking for THAT sugar cookie… the one that is the perfect combination of sweetness, buttery crispness, and that goes perfectly with piping glaze… this is that cookie. It has won awards and been a part of more cookie exchanges than I can count! It never fails to get praise and folks are always asking for the recipe!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

The BEST sugar cookie recipe ever!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies
Servings: 15 cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups (448g) 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. (I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined.)

  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.

My church’s youth group is having an ugly sweater party tonight, complete with a Baking Contest.  Since I am a local celebrity and all (you know, the kind of celebrity that you see late at night on the weather channel being filmed during a massive tornado saying something like, “Its like, windy out.”  Yeah.  Thats me.) I was asked to be a judge!

Then Mr. Chris, the Youth Pastor, decided it would be neat if I could make a couple cookies for the winners.  Two winners.  One for taste and the other for festive-ness.

Seeing as I am cutting edge in terms of fashion* I knew I needed to do some ‘ugly sweater’ research.  I gotta tell ya, it was the best research ever.

*Please tell me that flour and peanut butter covered Hanes t-shirts and jeans are cutting edge.

Here are some of my favorites.





I think I recognize a relative in there.  This keen sense of style might run in the family.

But! This is a baking blog so I figure I will show you the two cookies I made.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

This is my ‘busy” ugly Christmas sweater.

I am most certainly not saying it is based on anything in my closet.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

And this is my ‘weird eyed Rudolf with a red nose that sticks out way too far and is covered with gravy and mashed potatoes by the end of the night’ ugly Christmas sweater.

Again, these are not similar to anything that might currently reside in my home.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

Since they are supposed to be a prize (I feel sorry for the winners!) I made them big… they are bigger than my hand.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies! #uglysweatercookies

It was so much fun to make, I cant wait to make more!

I used my favorite glaze icing to decorate these cookies.  So much better than royal icing!

Merry Christmas!

My recipe tastes better and hardens beautifully. You can stack these cookies but will never break a tooth!

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  • chris folkestad says:

    Amanda! Thanks for making these cookies for us! They were a huge it! The winner of the festive ones was SO EXCITED! thanks again! I owe you big time! You can take credit for the cookies but i think it ws a good idea right!

  • Roxy says:

    I just wouldn’t be able to eat them they are so pretty.

  • Chris says:

    What happened to the couple in the last photo? Such strange faces. Really cute cookies though.

  • Anthonette says:

    So funny! Loved the cookies.

  • morgana says:

    Hahahaha. One of the most funny Christmas posts I’ve ever read.
    THANK YOU. You made me smile.

  • TidyMom says:

    LOL you are soooo funny Amanda!!
    Merry Christma!

  • Jenny says:

    Yes, I agree, genius and hilarious!

  • Sally says:

    These are SO CUTE, Amanda. Wherever did you find a “sweater” cookie cutter?

  • CopyKat Recipes says:

    I had the red sweater, but it was in blue. Really, actually your red one is for more tastful then the blue sweater I had. The blue sweater’s eyes were tiny beads, and the deer was as wide as the sweater. It was a gift.

  • SMITH BITES says:


  • Sonya says:

    your talent never ceases to amaze me!!!!!

  • Sarah says:

    These are so cute!! What a great idea. I’m doing a bit of a baking round-up post on my blog tonight and am featuring these – (it’ll be going up in an hour or so) 🙂

  • sunflowers8 says:

    Dear Amanda Merry Christmas to you ^_^

  • grace says:

    what a fun theme, and you executed it so well! very nice work, amanda, and happy holidays!

  • Maris (In Good Taste) says:

    I adore these! Such a good idea.

  • chaya says:

    Thanks for this. I really enjoyed it. It was time for a laugh.

  • Amanda says:

    Great job! I featured this today on my blog – Today’s Top 20! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

  • Judith Norman says:

    Dang, you’re talented!

  • Tracy from Rah Cha Chow says:

    Cutest cookies ever! Great post!

  • Wenderly says:

    SO FUN! Love it!

  • Megan says:

    these are too funny. i saw these right before christmas and was determined to make them. however, i couldn’t find a good cookie cutter. where did you get yours?

  • Melissa {the baked equation} says:

    Oh my gosh! My son and I are cracking up laughing! this is such an awesome idea. He says, the cookies are cute, the sweaters, not so much! Love your creativity!

  • Casey says:

    Oh my gosh! I was googling ugly christmas sweater cookies to maybe find some to make for my own ugly sweater party and came across your page… Holy geeez the ones you made are Uh.Maze.Ing !!!! What did you use to get the detailed icing on the ‘busy’ Christmas sweater? Thanks!

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    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Casey! I just used my #1 and #2 wilton tips. They make light work of little details! 🙂

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Wayyyyyyy funny, Amanda!! 🙂 Ugly, yet so beautiful!

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