Our Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes Will Help You Get in the Holiday Spirit
Bring holiday cheer into your home with these beautifully decorated treats.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! While most people look forward to spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, this year's festivities might look a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic. But no matter how big or small your celebration might be, we know it's not a festive gathering without a platter of classic Christmas sugar cookies. Whether you're having a cookie swap with your family or quarantine pod, setting up a decorating afternoon for your kids, or bringing your family together in the kitchen, these sugar cookie recipes are just the thing to make this season extra special. Pro tip: When baking any of these Christmas sugar cookies, remember to sprinkle flour on your cookie cutters to keep the dough from sticking.
Start with a simple but magical recipe—our Ideal Sugar Cookies. All you need are a few basic ingredients—all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, eggs, and vanilla—to make these treats. From here, you can cut them into a variety of festive shapes (think stars, Christmas trees, bells, and ornaments) and decorate them with Royal Icing, sanding sugar, and hard candies. They will help everyone to have a holly, jolly Christmas. Or try our Vanilla-Bean Sugar Cookies; we've taken this classic to the next level by incorporating the seeds from vanilla beans into the dough. Each cut-out cookie is then brushed with egg wash and rolled in colorful sanding sugar; we went with pink and gold sanding sugar, but feel free to do a red and green color scheme for a true Christmas cookie. Another special variation is our Earl-Grey Sugar-Cookie Dough, which is made with finely ground Earl Grey tea leaves for a gentle, earthy flavor that's sure to delight.
No matter how you're celebrating this year, there's no better way to welcome the holiday season than with a batch (or two!) of classic Christmas sugar cookies. Use our recipes to help you make the most delicious treats for your loved ones.
Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies
How pretty are these pastel Christmas sugar cookies? Fruity hard candies are melted onto a freshly baked cookie, which is then sandwiched together with another cut-out cookie for a festive peek-a-boo appearance.
String-Light Christmas-Tree Cookies
Vanilla-Bean Sugar Cookies
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
Cutout Cookie Dough
Use our clever no-frosting technique for colorful Christmas cookies that will surprise and delight everyone on your list.
Earl-Grey Sugar-Cookie Dough
Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Brown Sugar-Cornmeal Shortbread Cookies
Gingered Sugar Cookies
Hexagonal Sugar Cookies
We've upgraded this all-purpose sugar cookie recipe for Christmas by cutting the dough into hexagons and decorating each with eye-catching royal icing dyed pink and metallic hues.
Ideal Sugar Cookies
While all of our sugar cookie recipes are perfectly buttery, flaky, and sweet as can be, this one is perhaps the most basic and versatile. A little bit of brandy, vanilla extract, and a stick of butter keep them from drying out.
Peppermint-Chocolate Sugar Cookies
The whole family will have a ball transforming sugar cookie dough into charming Christmas characters with our holiday cookie templates, a rainbow of royal icing colors, and a little imagination.
Citrus Sugar Cookies
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Christmas Character Sugar Cookies
This basic, all-butter recipe for cut-out sugar cookies can be cut and decorated however you like. Follow the how-to instructions to create the Christmas-themed cookies shown here, or experiment with your own decorating ideas. The cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to a week.
Simple Sugar Cookies
Crisp Sugar Doily Cookies
If you seek a thin, delicate, and beautiful cookie, look no further. The elegant design is created by carefully cutting out tiny shapes with an aspic cutter to create a doily pattern, after the dough has been rolled out and chilled. These intricate, crisp cookies are perfect for Christmas gift-giving.