Christmas Sugar Cookies

Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family. They look as magical as they taste!

These brightly decorated masterpieces are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit this year. They are simple to make and so fun to decorate. For more festive Christmas treats try Gingerbread Cookies, Peppermint Brownies, and Christmas Crack.

Christmas Sugar Cookies in the shape of candy canes and trees

Fun and Festive Holiday Cookies

There is something so magical about decorating holiday sugar cookies as a family. It is one of my kids’ favorite things to do together. We love cutting out shapes and getting artistic with the decorations.

Not only are these sugar cookies insanely fun to decorate, they taste utterly irresistible. They are soft and tender with the perfect amount  of sweetness.

You will surely want to save this recipe in your folder of must-dos during the Christmas season!

Christmas Tree sugar cookies on a baking sheet

Tips for Perfect Cookies

Some notes on how to make sure your cookies turn out great each time include: 

  • Over-mixing the dough can create a tougher cookie.
  • Don’t roll the dough too thin, unless you want crispy cookies. I like to stick to ⅜” thick.
  • If your dough is too dry when you’re trying to roll it out simply sprinkle a bit of water on the dough and knead it a few times. Be sure you don’t add too much.
  • If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle a bit of flour and knead. 

Using these tips and tricks will ensure you have soft sugar cookies!

Frosting to decorate Christmas sugar cookies

How to Make Them

PREP. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a cookie sheet to be used later.

DOUGH. In a large bowl mix together butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond until creamy. Use a Kitchen-Aid or hand mixer. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Combine together until soft dough forms.

ROLL & CUT. Lightly flour the counter and roll out the dough to about ⅜ inches. (For a crispier cookie roll the dough thinner.) Once the dough has been rolled cut with holiday cookie cutters.

BAKE. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool before decorating.

For the frosting

CREAM. Add the butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and almond extract to a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine.

DIVIDE & COLOR. You can make all the frosting one color or divide it into separate bowls and mix with different food coloring.

DECORATE. Frost the cookies. Use colored decorating gel to add embellishments. Add any holiday sprinkles you wish.

Candy cane shaped sugar cookies

Variations

Christmas baking is just not complete until I have made sugar cookies. When I made this recipe, I decided to stick to making trees and candy canes, but you can use any Christmas shaped cookie cutters that you wish. Some other notable shapes include:

  • Bell
  • Stocking
  • Gingerbread man
  • Snowman
  • Star

Make sure you also have different food coloring gel and sprinkles to match so each Christmas sugar cookie turns out both tasty and visually delicious.

A pile of Christmas sugar cookies

Storage Tips

You can STORE these Christmas sugar cookies both frosted or unfrosted. You can also store them at room temperature or keep them in the freezer for later. If you are storing frosted cookies, be sure that the frosting has set completely first. 

  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days. Separate layers with parchment or wax paper. If you put the cookies in the fridge they last for 6-7 days.
  • To store the cookies in the FREEZER, you can either wrap them individually with plastic wrap or stack them, separating the layers with wax paper. Either way, be sure to use a freezer safe airtight container to put the cookies in. They’ll last for up to 3 months.

WARNING: Don’t be surprised when you make 3 dozen and have ZERO leftovers. 😉

Candy cane and Christmas tree sugar cookies

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Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

4.96 from 48 votes
Soft and tender Christmas sugar cookies are the perfect holiday treat to make and eat as a family.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 293 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Equipment

  • Christmas Cookie Cutters

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

Frosting & Toppings

  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 4 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • food coloring
  • Christmas sprinkles, colored decorating gel

Instructions
 

Sugar Cookie

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a cookie sheet to be used later.
  • In a large bowl mix together butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond until creamy. Use a Kitchen-Aid or hand mixer.
  • In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Combine together until soft dough forms.
  • Lightly flour the counter and roll out the dough to about ⅜ inches. (For a crispier cookie roll the dough thinner.) Once the dough has been rolled cut with holiday cookie cutters.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool before decorating.

Frosting

  • Add the butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and almond extract to a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine.
  • You can make all the frosting one color or divide it into separate bowls and mix with different food coloring.
  • Frost the cookies. Use colored decorating gel to add embellishments. Add any holiday sprinkles you wish.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m not sure but I think that it’s the cream cheese in these that make them stand out above the rest but these cookies are absolutely amazing

  2. 5 stars
    So cute and festive and easy to make. The cream cheese sends this recipe over the top. I could eat a dozen at one sitting. Lol

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