This Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe is easy, simple, and tasty. It is PERFECT for cut-out cookies. The dough retains shape AND doesn’t need to be chilled!
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Easy, Simple Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe (with Icing)
Cut-out sugar cookies are a Christmas tradition! Families love to decorate them together. Everyone loves to eat them.
My best friend used to throw a cookie decorating party every year. She recently moved far away, so it can’t happen this year. It was a fun tradition. We would all come together to eat, laugh, and decorate cut-out sugar cookies.
How to Make Christmas Sugar Cookies
This nostalgia is part of the reason I created this recipe. I was always told that the perfect sugar cookie recipe was equal parts butter and sugar. My taste-testers (my family) rejected this idea. They thought my first batch (with equal butter and sugar) tasted like play-dough.
For the second batch, I increased the amount of sugar. Everyone LOVED them! I have received so many compliments on them! People love the taste and texture. The sugar cookies are soft, chewy, and moist.
The cut-out cookies retain shape after baking!!!
I was concerned about how the added sugar would affect the batter and cut-out process. The dough still retained it’s shape after baking. Every time I use this recipe, the cut-out cookies look exactly the same after baking. If you ever had cookies spread and distort, you know how much of a victory this is!
The dough easily spreads with minimal cracks. If you encounter any cracks or dryness, I recommend sticking your finger in some butter then rubbing it over the crack. It instantly fixes it! The dough also cuts clean and smooth! It’s very easy to cut the shapes you want!
I did not chill the dough. This is a usual step in sugar cookie recipes… I always hated that step. When I start something, I just want to keep going and get it done. There is NO chilling with this recipe!
It really is an easy recipe. The easiest Christmas Sugar Cookies you will ever make!
For Christmas Sugar Cookies:
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Almond extract
2 tsp. Baking powder
3 cups flour
2 cups powdered sugar
2 to 4 tbsp. Milk
You could add red and/or green food coloring for extra festive frosting. I even made this cool, tie-dyed Christmas sugar cookies.
The key is to not fully mix the dye, just swirl it around with a toothpick. Then, carefully dip the top of the cookie in the frosting.
I used Holiday Nonpareils on these cookies. I love the simplicity of them.
For the Christmas Sugar Cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and granulated sugar. Do not melt the butter completely. This changes the dough’s ability to retain shape during baking.
- Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg. Stir!
- Add the baking powder and flour. Mix it well! I usually abandon my spatula and massage the dough by hand.
Spread & Shape
- On a sheet of parchment paper (these are perfect), sprinkle a little flour. Plop the sugar cookie dough on the paper.
- Spread the dough out and roll it to your desired thickness with a rolling pin. If you have a wooden rolling pin, spread flour on it first! This prevents sticking. I love this nonstick rolling pin!
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I even use a circle one to make the perfect circular cookies. This set has 101 cutter for EVERY holiday and occasion.
- Place the cutouts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
For the Icing:
- In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix it well. If the icing is too dry, add more milk. The icing should look like Elmer’s Glue.
- If you want colored icing, add food coloring and mix. If not, skip to the next step.
- Spread the frosting on your baked sugar cookies! If I’m using the same color for the whole cookie or doing a tie-dye pattern, I dip my cookie, face down, into the icing.
- If you are using sprinkles, sprinkle them while the icing is still wet.
- Let the icing dry.
I hope you enjoyed this easy, simple, no-chill Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe!
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