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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies

The perfect Christmas sugar cookie, this recipe produces soft, buttery cookies with a super simple, delicious frosting that hardens to mimic a royal icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christamas, cookies, sugar
Prep Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 818 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1 cup butter , softened (no substitutes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pieces eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (the sugar MUST be sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon milk (adding in more if needed for proper spreading consistency)
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring


  1. In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually stir this dry mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. Do not skip this!
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets, and use parchment paper ONLY).
  5. On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 4-6 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
  7. For the frosting: in a small bowl mix the confectioners sugar with milk (start with 1-2 tablespoons, but you will likely need more milk for the perfect spreading consistency).
  8. Whisk in the corn syrup and vanilla extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing is too thick add in a small amount more of corn syrup.
  9. Divide into as many separate bowls as you wish for different colors. Add in food coloring until desired intensity is achieved, always starting with a smaller amount and adding gradually.
  10. Paint the icing over the cookies using a brush, or dip tops of cookies into icing. Allow to set on waxed paper.

Recipe Notes

You can use almond extract in the cookie dough and icing, if you like. Replace 1 teaspoon vanilla in cookie dough with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond; in icing, replace 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with 1/4 teaspoon almond. Or try peppermint for a nice wintry flavor!

Adapted from Food.com.

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 818 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 562mg24%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 128g43%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 76g84%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 945IU19%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.