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Christmas Sugar Cookies

This is the best Christmas sugar cookie recipe we've ever tried! These Christmas cut-out cookies are part or our yearly traditions, and we've been using this recipe for many years.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cut-out cookies, sugar cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Joy | Artful Homemaking


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour and a bit extra for rolling out
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, by hand, in a medium mixing bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until creamy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium speed until blended.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.  Mix on low speed just until blended.
  • Divide the dough into half.  Press each mound of dough into a flat disk.  Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 3 baking sheets with butter.
  • Sprinkle your work surface with some flour.  Unwrap 1 chilled disk of dough and place it on the floured surface.  Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little more flour.
  • Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4" thick.  Sprinkle a bit more flour on the dough as needed so it doesn't stick.
  • After rolling out dough, cut out shapes with cookie cutters, and place the shapes on the greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until light brown around the edges.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet set on a baking rack for 15 minutes, and then transfer the cookies from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack and let them cool completely.