The Best Christmas Sugar Cookie Around

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Best Christmas Sugar Cookie

One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was making sugar cookies and cutting them out with fun Christmas shaped ornaments. My mom, sister and I did this each year when I was younger and always had a blast! After we baked the cookies, we would then decorate them with icing, leaving lots of fun cookies for us to eat over the holiday. I realized last year that Kendall was old enough where she could help with the cookie making and decorating; unfortunately my mom couldn't find her sugar cookie recipe. So I scoured Pinterest looking for the perfect sugar cookie recipe.

After reading through lots of recipes, I settled on one that I will share below and let me tell you - it is the BEST Christmas Sugar Cookie.

There are multiple reasons I love this recipe:
-one batch makes a lot (at least 3 dozen)
-the cookies take barely anytime to bake
-there is no chilling required, you can make the dough and immediately start rolling everything out
-the cookies hold their shape REALLY well and don't expand when baking
-there is a hint of almond extract in these cookies that makes them taste so good
-they are the perfect amount of sweet, and definitely not too sweet
-the cookies are soft and just plain awesome with perfect edges every time
-they taste great with or without icing

Christmas Sugar Cookie
Sugar Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (don't skip this part - it is the best part!)
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour


1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In your mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth.
3.) Beat in the extracts and egg.
4.) In a separate bowl, mix together baking powder and flour.
5.) Slowly add in the flour mixture to the wet mixture. The dough will get tough, but keep mixing.
6.) Once completely mixed, flour your counter top and roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick (Not-so-professional tip: if you don't have a rolling pin, use a wine bottle!)
7.) Cut the cookies using any cookie cutters you desire.
8.) Bake for 6-8 minutes (my oven is on the hot side, so 6 1/2 minutes worked great!).
9.) Let the cookies cool before transferring them to a cooling rack or plate.
10.) Decorate and enjoy!

This recipe was originally posted on In Katrina's Kitchen. Be sure to hop over and check out her site, I also highly recommend her frosting recipe too.

Sugar Cookie Dough
Sugar Cookie for Christmas

And since we are officially in the Christmas Season, I have teamed up with several bloggers for a "cookie swap." Links to all kinds of awesome Christmas cookies are below. You can consider this your one stop shop for all of your Christmas cookie recipes. Just click any link below to get a new recipe! Enjoy!

Snowballs from Samantha at Carter's Cozy Nest
Paleo Chocolate Chip cookies from Mia at Mia Sutton Blog
Snickerdoodles from Lisa at Retro Housewife Goes Green
German Chocolate Cake Cookies from Abby at Winstead Wandering
Sugar Cookies from Lindsay at Pursuit of Pink
Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies) from Sandra at The In Between Is Mine
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ashley at Happy. Pretty. Sweet.
Cloud Snickerdoodles from Savannah at The Savvy Plate
Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Abi at Abi Tomberlin Blog
Peanut Butter Dreams Dog Treats from Beth at Daily Dog Tag
Grandma Hermits by Lecy at A Simpler Grace


  1. Lindsay, I love sugar cookies and these look so good! Your photography is beautiful! Thanks for joining in the 2017 Holiday Cookie Swap! <3

  2. Oh yum! I do love a classic sugar cookie - with icing of course!! ;) I might have to try these. I feel like whenever I try to make sugar cookies, the shapes don't hold.


  3. These look great! Sugar cookies are so much fun during the holidays.

  4. Classic! You can't go wrong with sugar cookies for the holidays and I love all the different shapes! :)

  5. I think the almond extract is going to be a game changer for me! I love using cookie cutters, but don't love plain sugar cookies. I'm excited to bake these for our holidays!

  6. Yum!! I'm really impressed with how well those hold their shape even without chilling!

  7. oooh love this! And love your reasons for loving your recipe! You should do the same thing with a gingerbread recipe=)

  8. Okay this seems like something I can handle, lol! I'm gonna try it!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  9. Those sugar cookies look perfect for the holidays!


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