Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

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Christmas is almost here but I still need to bake my cookies. I love searching for sugar cookie recipe on the Internet. This year I’m trying Kittencal’s Buttery Cut-Out Sugar Cookies!


What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

• 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
• 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.

In another bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Set oven to 400°F.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper only).

On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake 4-6 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.

Happy Baking,


29 thoughts on “Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

  1. I enjoy making/eating snickerdoodles or fat sugar cookies with icing.
    I will have to try your recipe. It’s similar to my sugar cookie recipe except for the almond extract.
    Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays 😀

    • I recently made peanut butter cookies to thank my sister Kathi for always being there. The Better Crocker cookie mixes are so great and easy. However, having had a grandmother who was Baker of the month in Wichita Falls TX at 80 years old, I plan to start trying and experimenting on some desserts. I love to cook! I am keeping up my momma’s traditions for Christmas and Thanksgiving by putting the turkey in the oven the night before so I can wake up to the smell of turkey !

  2. My favorite Christmas cookies are jelly thumb prints. They are a butter cookie and there filled with your favorite jelly then drizzled with a almond glaze. They are so good.

  3. Sounds good, Marin, but way to complicated for me! 🙂 I make Toll House cookies from the recipe on the bag of semi-sweet chips. I add 1/4 cup mini chips & 1/4 cup of butterscotch chips for extra sweetness. Merry Christmas!

  4. Gingerbread cookies for me…They are easy…I just buy the premade gingerbread and then use different cookie cutters to make the shapes bake and decorate. What I made today was my homemade Pumpkin Bread.. Four loaves..

  5. My favorite cookie is the sugar cookie that can be cut with CHRISTMAS cookie cutters and decorated with red, green and white icings.

  6. I agree with the “thumbprint” cookie being the best! It’s got that little glob of jelly that is so refreshing! My niece makes eggnog cookies and they are wonderful. I don’t know the recipe, but they are great with hot tea. Iced cookies don’t work for me – too sweet, too messy. But of course they are kids’ favorites!
    Merry Christmas, Marin! I hope your Texas Christmas is a good one with lots of great memories!
    P.S. Waiting for the new book!!

    • Hi Hilda–Had a wonderful Christmas in Phoenix this year–although it was a tad cold out there but lots of sunshine. The eggnog cookies sound wonderful! Hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! *Hugs*

      • Dear Marin,
        I thought I’d share a Dutch tradition for New Years: “Olie Bollen” which are basically fritters (deep-fried, yeasty dough) rolled in powdered sugar. Eat them while they are warm! Some people put raisins in them. My mom used to make and serve them at midnight when we were kids. My dad told me yesterday that he went to church New Years Day morning, and they served olie bollen after church. Perfect for him, being, what else?, an elderly Dutch guy! I was so glad he was able to still enjoy this tradition at 92 years of age. Happy New Year to you and your family! (On another subject, my sister had snow in Tucson yesterday morning! It’s true — I saw a picture!)

      • Hilda, thanks for sharing your “Dutch” tradition–sounds yummy! It’s wonderful that your father is 92. MY grandmother made it to 94 and I remember years earlier talking to her and how she thought the microwave oven was the best invention ever 🙂 She didn’t like to cook, lol! I heard about snow flurries in Phoenix–crazy weather everywhere!

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