Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Some of my fondest memories of Christmas revolve around sugar cookies. When my brother and I were little we would go to Gramma and Papa’s house every year and spend an entire afternoon baking in their kitchen, cutting out gingerbread men cookies and decorating them with frosting. We always left their house with tummy aches (from too much sugar, haha) but those times stand out to me whenever I think about my childhood. Since then, it’s become a tradition to make sugar cookies every Christmas (even the year I was in Greenville I made them on my own!). 
Anyways, this recipe is pretty simple and easy, but it’s one of the best sugar cookie dough recipes you’ll ever find. The dough doesn’t have to be chilled before you roll it and cut it, so it’s a lot quicker than some of the others. The cookies keep their shape when baked so they are perfect for decorating (and they taste good too!).

cable knit blanket (the coziest blanket every & it’s on sale!)
(Pssst. This outfit is super comfortable and was perfect for a day of baking! Especially the festive sweatshirt and these fuzzy socks – the brand is called “butter” for a reason! 😉
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 I 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 🙂 I used to really love sharing recipes with y’all when I was back in college and had more time (especially healthy recipes… which this one is not, haha!). Let me know if you want to see any more! 
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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  1. These cookies are way too pretty to eat! 😉
    I love making them and decorating them with my little niece though.
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  2. yum! love the sweater. but what about that cozy blanket? where might i find one of those?! 🙂

  3. I wish I looked that glamourous when I cook! I usually end up covered in everything!
    Brianna ||

  4. Awesome outfit! You look amazing! I love your post!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing ! I've been looking for good sugar cookie recipes. On another note: I am obsessed with your sweater.
    Red Reticule

  6. Making my family's sugar cookies is one of my favorite parts of the holidays too! I can't wait to start baking over break!

    Prep on a Budget

  7. Awww, they look so cute and easy to make! Perfect little recipe to add for the upcoming holiday baking I'm planning to do!

  8. your cookie turn out amazing

  9. I love baking during the cold months and this recipe looks perfect! I love how yours turned out and can't wait to decorate cookies of my own!

  10. Love that you shared this recipe! I am planning to do a TON of holiday baking this weekend so, this will come in handy!


  11. Looks like such a lovely time! I just adore that sweater!
    xo ClassToCloset

  12. Those look delicious! I am sure it took a lot of time and energy to make them! Btw your lashes always look fab!


  13. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Life With Kendal

  14. It looks cute and delicious! 🙂

    Shall We Sasa

  15. Those look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Those look perfect!! So delicious! 🙂

    xo, Katy

  17. Your cookies look amazing! I recently made some as well and posted about it on my blog, though mine don't look quite as good as yours! It's such a fun holiday activity.


  18. So fun! I love you how you decorated them!

    This Side of Paradise

  19. I threw a party and as the name place I made decorated sugar cookies… goodness they take a long time to complete!! Love that sweatshirt!

  20. awww, you have me wanting to do some baking of my own! thanks for all the inspiration. and p.s. I love your sweatshirt!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  21. They look so good!

  22. AH, I am posting a sugar cookie recipe too, now I want to try yours as well because they look so beautiful! :):):)

    Love Your Fate


  23. Your cookie icing job looks so professional! It has been a while since I have made cookies from scratch but this post has inspired me!


  24. They look amazing!! Thanks for sharing:) xo, Hayley

  25. You look so pretty! So do the cookies. 🙂 Can't wait to make some soon!


  26. Anonymous

    Such a cute post! I love your sweater! It is the perfect Christmas cookie baking sweater!


  27. pretty cookies and a cute comfy outfit to make them!


  28. These look so cute and yummy!
    The Doctor Diva

  29. I'm not sure if you have done this recipe before but I am relatively new to your blog so forgive me if it's been requested before but I would love to know your recipe for sweet tea!

  30. Those cookies look amazing!! Great photos!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  31. Your cookies look so cute and festive!

  32. This reminds me of my childhood and making cookies at Christmas! I feel quite inspired to try and make some myself now haha. I just found your blog today and have been through pages and pages of your posts, working my way back. Of course I should really be studying for my finals, but I'm just having too much fun 🙂

  33. Yumm, looks delicious 🙂

  34. I love making Christmas cookies with my little sister. It's an awesome tradition! I adore your sweater as well!

  35. These look so yummy! And all the photos are so beautiful!

    Constance || Prep Northwest

  36. Sugar cookies are one of my favorite things to bake so I will have to try your recipe!! And I would love to see more recipes on your blog! 🙂

    xoxo A

  37. How cool and inspiring! I love your post!

  38. Best cookie recipe ever! Thank you so much for sharing. After an epic first attempt (with store bought stuff) we tried your recipe and they were perfect and easy!

  39. I've been looking for a sugar cookie recipe! I'm definitely going to have to try this one out!


  40. These look delicious! love the photos too, very festive 🙂

    Life As Lissy

  41. What size are you wearing in the sweatshirt?? Love it!