Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Claudia Bowman Modified: March 24, 2022
Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

How To Make Christmas Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are a great addition to your holiday spreads. They’re perfectly soft and buttery and look extra pretty with some royal icing.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 7 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total: 47 minutes



  • 1cupunsalted butter
  • 1cupgranulated white sugar
  • 2tsppure vanilla extract
  • 1egg
  • 3cupsall purpose flour,or plain flour
  • ¾tspsalt
  • ¾tspbaking powder

For Royal Icing:

  • ¼cupwater
  • 1tbspprepared royal icing mix,or more



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a thick wooden spoon or electric beaters, and beat for about 3 minutes or until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and the egg.

  3. Add in 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.

  4. Then, add the rest of the flour until the mixture becomes a stiff cookie dough. Turn dough out onto a clean surface. Lightly wet hands and knead the dough until it forms a soft ball. 

  5. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  6. Divide dough in half, then roll out about ¼ inch thick onto a lightly floured surface. Cut using any cookie cutter shape, and transfer immediately onto baking sheet.

  7. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until just set. For crispier golden edged cookies, bake for up to 9 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Royal Icing:

  1. Mix the water with the royal icing mix in a small bowl. Pour into a small piping bag with a round icing tip #5, outline and flood the cookies with silver or grey. Allow to set.

  2. Then, using round icing tip #1, pipe any other decorations over the top, or add edible pearls, edible cachous, edible balls, sprinkles, or edible glitter.

Recipe Notes

Icing will completely set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, or about 2 hours at room temperature.


  • Calories: 108.97kcal
  • Fat: 5.40g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.31g
  • Trans Fat: 0.21g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.40g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.29g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.88g
  • Fiber: 0.28g
  • Sugar: 5.90g
  • Protein: 1.28g
  • Cholesterol: 18.00mg
  • Sodium: 59.60mg
  • Calcium: 10.98mg
  • Potassium: 14.93mg
  • Iron: 0.52mg
  • Vitamin A: 45.04µg
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