The BEST Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Hello, friends! I’m so excited for today’s post, because my mom and I are sharing our favorite Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe! We are joining a Christmas Cookie Blog Swap, so be sure to scroll down to see all of the bloggers participating in the loop (and be sure to check out their recipes!). And if you’re coming here because Mysha from Remington Avenue sent you over, welcome, I’m so happy you’re here!

Ok on to this cookie recipe 🙂 If you’ve been following me for a loooong time, you might remember that I shared this exact recipe several years ago. It’s our family’s favorite recipe, my mom and I make them every single Christmas. The thing that’s so nice about this Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe is that there’s no chilling required – you don’t have to chill the dough at all! Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also PERFECT for decorating. They don’t rise in the oven, they stay in the exact same shape as the cookie cutter – which is what you want when you’re decorating sugar cookies!

Without further ado, here is our recipe…

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer (we used a KitchenAid mixer but a regular mixer will do!)
  3. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder and flour. Add this mixture a little at a time to the wet ingredients (keep mixing while you are adding it in). If the dough becomes too stiff for your mixer, you can finish kneading the dough by hand.
  5. Divide the dough into two batches. Roll the dough onto floured parchment paper, but be sure not to roll it too thin! The dough should be 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on your oven. Let cool completely before decorating.
You can decorate the cookies however you want… but we used this method to decorate them with homemade icing! (It seems complicated when you read it, but it’s really not.) Of course, store bought frosting is just as good and a lot easier 🙂
My friend Kristy is actually the one that invited me to this Christmas Cookie Swap, and here is her recipe! (The photo is below – how delicious do they look?!) Also if you aren’t following her on Instagram, she has THE PRETTIEST HOUSE EVER!!! You can follow her at @kristywicks on Instagram!
For all of the recipes in the Cookie Swap, see below 🙂

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  1. These look extremely good! You made me crave all of the sugary things now haha!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Xx Janine

  2. I’m not usually a sugar cookie girl (chocolate chip all the way), but these look delicious! I’ll have to try this next weekend!

    xo Amanda

  3. YUM!! I love decorated sugar cookies so I have to save this recipe. LOVE the idea of a blog cookie swap too- now I am hungry. 🙂

    xoxo A

  4. I love that there’s no chilling involved! Makes the step a little bit easier! They look delicious!

  5. Okay this is the perfect Christmas blog post! Everything is staged so well, I just LOVE it….and I love seeing you with your mom on here! ❤️ PS – do you know if there’s a sub for the almond extract? (nut allergies)

  6. Jenn Dillon

    Just a sweet recipe and phonograph of you and your mother! Very festive and a great recipe!

  7. Love a classic sugar cookie Caitlin! You and your mom are just too cute and it was so fun to join you for this Christmas Cookie Swap! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! xo, Beth

  8. Those looks amazing! And SO cute! <3

  9. Amy

    Ahhh!!! Can’t wait to make these with my kids. I’m sure we would have flour everywhere and not just the kitchen floors, ha!

    Much love,
    Amy 💜

  10. These cookies look amazing! What a great way to spend the day with your mom, too! Can’t wait to try them for our cookie exchange on Wednesday 🙂