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Christmas sugar cookies on a cooling rack with icings and decoration

Christmas Sugar Cookies

This Christmas sugar cookies recipe has a light texture, tastes great, & rolls out beautifully. Gather your little helpers to decorate these classic treats!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Sugar Cookies, Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe, How Do I Make Christmas Sugar Cookies, How To Make Christmas Sugar Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 149kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons whole milk
  • food coloring, as needed


  • colored sugar, jimmies, sprinkles



  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture and beat just until combined. Shape dough into a disk and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart and bake in preheated oven 6-8 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on baking sheets then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.


  • In a mixing bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons of milk until smooth. Add more milk, a little at a time to thin icing to a pourable consistency. If desired, divide icing into smaller bowls and tint with food coloring.


  • Set completely cooled cookies on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Slowly spoon/poor icing over cookies. Decorate with colored sugar, jimmies, sprinkles. Let icing set completely before serving or storing.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg