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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

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The Christmas season is full of family traditions.  I love how people also seem more cheerful and friendly this time of year.  Here in Minnesota, having a white Christmas also adds to the magic of the season.  The Christmas Eve candlelight service at church has also been quite special to us.  What does your family love doing this time of year?  If it’s baking, we’ve got the YUMMIEST Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe for you!  The best part is that this dough needs NO refrigeration!

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks Salted Butter At Room Temperature (may use unsalted if you’d prefer)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Almond Emulsion
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour

PRO TIP:  If your butter is cold, pour boiling water into a large cup.  Leave sit for 30 seconds.  Dump the water out of the cup and then place hot cup over the butter stick for 3-4 minutes.  It will soften your butter!

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. NOTE: I use my stand mixer for ease. But you could manage by hand if needed.  In a large mixing bowl: cream butter and sugar for at least 3 minutes until it’s smooth.
  3. Beat in the almond emulsion, vanilla extract, and egg.  Set aside until the next step is completed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and flour.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture, a little at a time, to the first bowl.  Be sure to keep beating continuously. (Use all the dry mix!)
  6. Once the dough becomes too stiff for the mixer, turn out onto your floured surface and finish kneading by hand.
  7. Divide the dough in half. (Do NOT refrigerate!)
  8. Roll the first half out on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick and cut with desired shaped cookie cutters. (Be careful you don’t roll too thin or your cookies will break easily when you try to frost.  If you do, just re-roll the dough again.)
  9. Place cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till the edges are just barely starting to turn brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  12. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  13. Once completely cooled, frost as desired with your favorite frosting recipe.  Of course, you can make them Christmas Sugar Cookies with sprinkles by topping with your favorite perils and decorations!

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

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Yield: 3 dozen

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

This classic Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe is a no-fail, no refrigeration needed recipe you will FALL IN LOVE WITH! The results are so tasty you'll find yourself turning to this recipe all year round!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks Salted Butter At Room Temperature (may use unsalted if you'd prefer)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Almond Emulsion
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Large Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. NOTE: I use my stand mixer for ease. But you could manage by hand if needed.---- In a large mixing bowl: cream butter and sugar for at least 3 minutes until it's smooth.
  3. Beat in the almond emulsion, vanilla extract, and egg.  Set aside until the next step is completed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and flour.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture, a little at a time, to the first bowl.  Be sure to keep beating continuously. (Use all the dry mix!)
  6. Once the dough becomes too stiff for the mixer, turn out onto your floured surface and finish kneading by hand.
  7. Divide the dough in half. (Do NOT refrigerate!)
  8. Roll the first half out on a floured surface to about ¼ inch thick and cut with desired shaped cookie cutters. (Be careful you don't roll too thin or your cookies will break easily when you try to frost.  If you do, just re-roll the dough again.)
  9. Place cookies on an un-greased cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till the edges are just barely starting to turn brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  12. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  13. Once completely cooled, frost as desired with your favorite frosting recipe.

Notes

**The yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutters.

**Change out your cookies cutters all year round and use this recipe for every holiday or celebration!

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Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles

Aren’t these Christmas Sugar Cookies with sprinkles absolutely gorgeous!?!  Bonus points as they taste as great as they look!

If you’re in the baking mood, be sure you also give our Chocolate Mint Cookie Recipe a try too!

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monique s

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I am going to try this recipe for valentines and put some chocolate kisses on my heart cookie cutter shapes

Dandi D

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

These look delicious and I can't wait to have my children make some with me!

Dana Rodriguez

Monday 14th of December 2020

These are so cute! I pinned it!

monique s

Monday 14th of December 2020

This looks like an easy recipe and tons of fun with decorating and cookie cutters

Sarah Bridges

Sunday 13th of December 2020

I need to try these this year! So tired of the refrigeration of most dough, especially with the fridge already being full of other holiday food.

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