Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

“This easy Christmas sugar cookie recipe is perfect for the holiday season.”

– Jessa Marie

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Christmas is less than a week away, and that means it’s time to bake lots and lots of cookies! So I have an easy Christmas sugar cookie recipe that you’re absolutely going to love.

For me baking cookies is one of my favourite things about the holidays. Listening to Christmas music while baking really gets me in the Christmas spirit.

The music plus the smell of cookies baking in the oven are enough to make me feel like I’m in a cheesy Christmas romcom. You know the one I’m talking about. 

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe
Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

How do you make Christmas sugar cookies from scratch?

Let’s start with what you’ll need to make this easy Christmas sugar cookie recipe.

Sugar Cookie Ingredients


How to Make the Perfect Christmas Sugar Cookie Dough

First, let’s start with creaming together your 1 cup of butter, ½ cup of brown sugar, and ⅔ cup of granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. I like to use a wooden spoon, but you can use a hand mixer if it’s easier for you.

You want to make sure that your butter is softened when you do this, not melted. It can still be cold, but it needs to be soft enough to cut with a butter knife.

When your butter is too soft, potentially melted, it can cause your cookies to spread a lot while baking and come out flat and thin. 

If your butter was really soft when you made your cookie dough, you can always refrigerate your dough for longer to make up for it.

After you cream your butter and sugar together, add in your egg, 2 tsps of vanilla, and ½ tsp of almond extract, mixing the batter until well combined. Your butter and sugar mixture will start to break down a bit when mixing in the egg.

Then you want to add in your 1 tsp of baking powder, ½ tsp of baking soda, ½ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of nutmeg, and ¼ tsp of cinnamon, and mix until you have a consistent dough.

I like to add in all of my spices with the wet ingredients to make sure the flavour is more consistent throughout the dough.

Add in Spices, Salt, Baking Powder, and Baking Soda
Add in Spices, Salt, Baking Powder, and Baking Soda

Finally, add in your 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing the dough with each addition. Continue to mix until all the flour has been incorporated, and the dough is consistent. You don’t want any random flour or butter chunks in your Christmas sugar cookie dough. 

I like to do some of the mixing with my hands at the very end. It’s just easier.

Refrigerating your Christmas sugar cookie dough is key

When you’ve finished mixing your Christmas sugar cookie dough, cover the bowl and refrigerate it for at least an hour. I usually do more. The refrigeration step keeps your dough from spreading too much in the oven, and maintains their cookie cutter shape. 

You can even refrigerate after you’ve made all your christmas cookie shapes. Then put them into the oven straight from the fridge if you’re worried.

If you wanted to make this dough ahead of time, and bake the cookies another day, you can freeze your cookie dough up to 3 weeks in advance.

Baking Christmas sugar cookies from scratch

After refrigerating, preheat your oven to 350ºF. Take your cookie dough out of the bowl and roll it out onto a clean lightly floured surface until it is a ¼ inch thick. You can also do this on a sheet of parchment paper measured to fit on your baking pan.

I prefer rolling my dough out onto parchment paper and cutting my shapes directly on the sheet. Because then I don’t have to move my sugar cookies afterward and risk stretching them out.

When you do this, you have to cut all your shapes 1 inch apart from one another, so they don’t touch if they spread a bit in the oven. Then just remove the excess dough around each of your cookes. 

Christmas Cookie Cutters
Christmas Cookie Cutting

When you’ve filled your sheet of parchment paper with enough sugar cookies, transfer the filled sheet onto your baking pan, and bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes.

I bake mine for only 8 minutes because I like my cookies soft. But my mom likes them a bit on the crunchy side, so I bake them for 10 when they’re for her.

You might have to do this a few times since the recipe makes about 30 cookies.

Make sure to allow your cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes before decorating or else your icing will melt off.

Christmas Sugar Cookie Decorating Tips

There are so many different ways to decorate sugar cookies, which is why they’re so much fun to make.

I like to use different coloured icing, sprinkles, melted dark chocolate, and powdered sugar. But you can also use little candies, crushed candy canes as peppermint sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips; there are so many options. Get creative with it!

You can even use the icing recipe that I used on my gingerbread cookies, and just add food colouring for the colours you want. 

For detailed work, I use a piping bag, like for my snowflake sugar cookies, but when I just want to spread a lot of icing on a cookie, I use a paintbrush. I have a designated set of paint brushes just for baking in my kitchen.

But if you don’t want to get super fancy, you can always just drizzle melted chocolate on your cookies and add some sprinkles. All that matters is that you have fun baking Christmas sugar cookies for the holidays.

Christmas Sugar Cookies
Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Jessa Marie
Make this easy Christmas sugar cookie recipe this holiday season. It's the perfect dessert to bring for Christmas dinner. Your family will love them.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Refrigeration Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 39 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 129 kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • parchment paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • Baking Pan


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup butter, ½ cup brown sugar, and ⅔ cup granulated sugar.
    Creamed Butter and Sugar
  • Add egg, 2 tsp vanilla, and ½ tsp almond extract. Mix until well combined.
    Mixed Egg and Extracts
  • Next mix in 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp nutmeg, and ¼ tsp cinnamon.
    Add in Spices, Salt, Baking Powder, and Baking Soda
  • Finally add in 3 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing dough with each addition. Mix dough until all flour is incorporated, and you have a consistent dough.
    Christmas Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Take out your dough from the refrigerator and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness.
  • Using your cookie cutters, make shapes in your rolled out sugar cookie dough. Remove the excess dough around each shape you make.
    Christmas Cookie Cutters
  • Transfer your sugar cookie shapes onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper, placing them 1 inch apart.
    Christmas Sugar Cookies
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
    Baked Sugar Cookies
  • Allow your cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes before decorating. Enjoy!
    Easy Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe


You can keep the cookie dough in the freezer up to 3 weeks before baking.
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